CLARK COUNTY, Ohio (WDTN) – At least two roads in Clark County are closed because of high waters.
Union Road and Spangler Road run by and/or over Mad River and rising river levels led to the closure at 3 p.m. Friday afternoon.
The notice came from Clark County Engineers Office who corresponds with Bethel Township Fire Dept. and ODOT to determine if and when they should close the roads.
Earlier in the afternoon, Clark County crews were already setting out signs just in case, anticipating at least one road closure, and they were right.
“Typically, when we get a lot of rain we like to warn residents that those areas could be closed,” said Michael Cooper, Clark County’s Public Information Officer.
The National Weather Service posted on Twitter that he Mad River would rise above the 8 foot flood stage point through the afternoon.
Cooper said as rain continues in the forecast, they might make additional closures and will let residents know which ones by Facebook.
“There’s quite a few organizations doing that, the Sheriff’s Office, the Clark County EMA, Bethel Township Fire Dept. also has Facebook pages,” said Cooper.
Cooper said they keep a close eye out on these two roads in particular because they typically flood after a few days of good rainfall.
“It’s been an increase in our annual total rain levels and so we’re in the preliminary stages of talking with Bethel Township officials and Clark County officials about what we might be able to do to alleviate the issues in that area,” said Cooper.
He added, since they often do have to close those roads, they have issues with people driving past or over barricades.
He urges residents to heed their warning.
“If you see a flooded roadway, turn around, don’t drown,” said Cooper. “You never know what’s underneath that water, and so we encourage people to not drive past those barricades and that they turn around and find a different means to get to where they need to go.”
The flood warning did end about 3 p.m., and the river crested, but those two roads remained closed.
Cooper asked anyone that passes flooded roadways that do not have signs, to call the Sheriff’s Office non-emergency line at 937-328-2560 to alert them.