VANCEBURG — Isolated spring storms caused flash flooding, and damaged roads in areas of Lewis County Wednesday, officials said.
Heavy rain in parts of Lewis County caused flooding Wednesday evening. Judge-Executive Todd Ruckel said some areas received large amounts of rain in a short period of time which caused flooding and washouts on several roads in those areas. Camp Dix was one of the areas that was affected by the rain.
Ruckel said the area received 3-4 inches of rain both Tuesday and Wednesday evening, contributing to the flash flooding. He said he went to assess the damage to the roads in the Camp Dix Thursdsay morning.
Some roads that were impacted included Ribolt-Epworth Road, Moseby Branch Road, and Straight Fork Road. According to Ruckel, while there is extensive damage to the roads, no homes or local businesses were flooded in the area although many came close.
Tollesboro was also affected by the sudden downpour where Emergency Management Director George Sparks went to survey the situation. Ron’s IGA was reported to have been damaged by the flooding. Store workers said that no real damage was done to the store itself, only that around three inches of water covered the floor which needed to be cleared.
Lewis County schools were on a one-hour delay for classes for the sake of bus transportation being able to view the roads in case of possible damage.
Ruckel said the County Road Department was working until 2 a.m., Thursday to ensure roads were cleared and suitable for travel. Work on the roads resumed around 7 a.m.
Reports from other sections in the county revealed that some areas received less than an inch of rain. Officials with the National Weather Service in Willmington, Ohio, said they received a report at 6 p.m., of rainfall of around 1.9 inches in the area in a one-hour span. The radar estimated rainfall levels projected around 2.5 inches in the county as a whole.
Ruckel said road maintenance will continue presumably into Friday until he feels the roads are in proper order.