Area officials monitor water levels, precipitation
March 18, 2008
Residents in the Michael Ln. area near Zoar are expected to be isolated by overnight Tuesday (March 18) from the rising floodwaters behind Dover Dam.
Tuscarawas County Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (HS/EMA) Director Patty Levengood said the Michael Ln. residents were notified early Tuesday evening about the rising water that was projected to cut off access to their homes by Wednesday morning (March 19). About 50 people reside in the Michael Ln. area.
Levengood said that access to the village of Zoarville also is expected to be cut off later this week, but that an exact projection was not immediately available from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).
Levengood stressed that Rt. 800 north of Mineral City is expected to remain open and that residents in the Wilkshire Hills region will continue to have access to their homes and businesses. However, USACE officials told Levengood that the I-77 interchange at Rt. 212 at Wilkshire Hills will be closed at some point later this week.
USACE officials said total rainfall was expected to be around 2 inches through Wednesday, adding to the swollen reservoirs behind Atwood, Beach City, Bolivar and Atwood dams.
Trustees in Fairfield, Lawrence and Sandy townships have been monitoring roads for safety and access. An emergency connection under construction between North Orchard Rd. (Tuscarawas County Rd. 103) and Glen Park Dr. (Lawrence Township Rd. 617) over Bolivar Dam to Gracemont Rd. is expected to be completed by midday Wednesday.
The USACE operates the flood-reduction dams in the Muskingum River Watershed, including Dover, Bolivar, Beach City and Atwood dams. Flooding in the northern Tuscarawas County area is produced by the temporary storage of floodwaters behind Dover, Beach City and Bolivar dams.
Levengood said residents will be notified of any potential isolation issues through the county's Reverse 911 communication system, in which telephone calls are placed to individual residences, businesses and other locations with official information and warnings. Phone calls were placed early Tuesday evening to Michael Ln. residents, followed by individual home visits conducted by area firefighters, she said.
Road closing information is available by calling the Tuscarawas County HS/EMA Emergency Information Line at (330) 339-7838.
Road closings also have been posted on the county sheriff's website at www.co.tuscarawas.oh.us/sheriff and other information will be posted as needed on the HS/EMA website at www.co.tuscarawas.oh.us/EMA.
Officials said updated information on water levels behind the area dams are available online by visiting the USACE website at www.lrh-wc.usace.army.mil/wc/musns.htm.
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