Flood Water Continues To Rise In Central Ohio Counties


Flood water and storms continued to cause problems in multiple counties Tuesday night.

In Franklin County, the Emergency Management Agency asked 120 families living in the Gould Park neighborhood to leave their homes due to rising water in Big Walnut Creek.

Many decided to spend the night in their homes but some started moving valuables to high ground.

"I've been out here for 49 years, my entire life, so I'm kind of used to water," said Raymond Armentrout. "Its only actually gotten into the house maybe two times so I'm just kind of kicking back taking it easy and watching the water."

The city of Bellville was cut off after it was surrounded by flood water Tuesday night.

City officials say the main cause of concern is the rising Clear Fork River.

"When things started going up in both towns, Shelby and Bellville, it was raising at about a foot an hour. It was really amazing," said Richland County EMA director Keith Markley.

Red Cross workers staged shelter supplies at the Bellville Firehouse for residents seeking shelter.

By dark, the rain was coming down hard, and every main road in and out town was closed, forcing businesses like Fast Eddies Pizza to shut down early.

"I can't remember ever calling customers and telling them that I cannot bring their food to them. We've had blizzards come through with 10 inches of snow and we fight our way through it and this here is a whole different beast," said Steve Crider.

Bellville officials urge residents to seek shelter at the firehouse if necessary.

In Roseville in Muskingum County, a father and son were rescued by firefighters after they became trapped in their car.

Officials said the pair drove through high water and got stuck.

The fire department rescued them by using a boat.

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