GALLIA COUNTY — Storms sweeping through the southeast Ohio region Wednesday left a number of roads flooded and trees downed in the area along with power outages, but no major emergencies were reported says Sherry Daines, Gallia 911 and Emergency Management Agency director.
“We’ve had nothing too major right now,” said Daines. “We’ve had the usual flash flooding in the same areas. We’ve had some trees down. But we’ve had no reports of major damage or anyone being displaced during the storm that have called in.”
Daines said there was a tornado warning for the north side of the county in the Vinton area according to the National Weather Service but no touchdowns were confirmed.
Gallia County Local Schools also released students early due to the severe storms.
As of late afternoon Wednesday, water was high in a number of places including on State Route 850 at RNC Packing, State Route 554 North, State route 141 at Cadmus, State Route 218 at the Stoneyard and State Route 554 at Eno with a tree over the road. State Route 160 near Thompson Road had a tree over the road as well as State Route 141 at near Patriot.
Graham School road off of State Route 141 reportedly had a washed out bridge and a culvert on State Route 7 had a plugged culvert with water backing up.
As of press time Tuesday evening, Gallia AEP customers reportedly had no power outages or they had been remedied according to AEP Ohio’s power outage map. Buckeye Rural Electric’s website reported 285 properties still without power.
As of around 2 p.m., Ohio Department of Transportation District 10 reported road closings in Gallia between the Lawrence County line and State Route 233 as well as the Lawrence County Line and State Route 790. Between the Jackson County Line and State Route 141 was also closed. State Route 160 to the Meigs County line was closed. Between State Route 160 and State Route 7 was also closed. State Route 141 to the Lawrence County line was closed, as was between State Routes 588 and 554.
According to Gallia County Engineer’s Office Superintendent Dave Roush, roads he knew county workers to be attempting to clear in a not all inclusive list were: Upcreek Road had a culvert problems, Morgan Center area had high water, State Route 325 had flood issues along with Mount Tabor Road, Alice Road, Dodrill Road and Scott School Road in Gallia. Maintenance workers were working to clear roads of downed trees as able.
“Sometimes we have to wait for water to go down before we can see what it is we need to fix with things like plugged culverts,” said Roush. “Other times, it’s pretty obvious.”
Roush noted that a heavy rain could “easily” be worse than a heavy snow at times as bridges could be washed out and roads damaged.
“We’ve had a lot of roads underwater,” said County Engineer Brett Boothe. “We’ve had a lot of ditches overflowing banks. We’re out trying to get things clean and fix plugged culverts to get water moving. Some places it’s hard to see. We’ve got all work crews exclusively working this storm event.”
Dean Wright can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2103.