Athens Co Flash Flood Warning until 9PM, Fri, 6/23/17, seek shelter if threatened, avoid flood waters!

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The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Warning for Athens County until 9:00PM, Friday, 6/23/17.

At 459 PM, Doppler radar and automated rain gauges indicated heavy rain falling across the warned area. Up to one inch of rain has already fallen. Flash flooding is expected to begin shortly.

Some locations that will experience flooding include Athens, Nelsonville, Glouster, Chauncey, Buchtel and Jacksonville.

Additional rainfall amounts of 1 to 2 inches are possible in the warned area.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS; In hilly terrain there are hundreds of low water crossings which are potentially dangerous in heavy rain. Do not attempt to cross flooded roads. Find an alternate route.

Please report Severe Weather to the National Weather Service by calling toll free, 800 401 9535, when you can do so safely.

You may also report severe weather by posting your report to the Charleston West Virginia National Weather Service Facebook Page, or by using the Twitter Hashtag, #NWSRLX.

ATHENS CO FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT 2AM, FRI, 6/23/17 TO 6AM SAT, 6/24/17, WATCH FOR CHANGING WEATHER CONDITIONS

Flash Flood Watch

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for Athens County from 2:00 AM, Friday, 6/23/17 to 6:00 AM, Saturday, 6/24/17.

In general, 1 and a half to 3 and a half inches of rain is possible across the watch area, with locally heavier amounts, as the remnants of Tropical Storm Cindy combine with a cold front dropping in from the northwest.

The heavy rain in the forecast will fall over a large area, which could easily overwhelm creeks and streams, and cause rises on the main stem rivers. Also, urban flooding is possible, as well as in poor drainage or other low lying areas. Debris flows are also a risk in prolonged rainfall. Road closures will be possible.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS; A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation.  You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should Flash Flood Warnings be issued.

FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FOR ATHENS CO UNTIL 7 PM TUE, 6/13/17, WATCH FOR CHANGING WEATHER CONDITIONS

Flash Flood Watch

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for Athens County until 7 PM Tuesday, 6/13/17. Heavy rainfall is expected across the area which may lead to flash flooding.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS; A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation.

You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should Flash Flood Warnings be issued.

 

Athens Co 1st Responders complete hazardous materials preparedness exercise on Sat, 6/10, job well Done!

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Athens County LEPC’s full-scale hazardous materials preparedness exercise was held on Saturday, June 10th on the campus of Hocking College in Nelsonville. The scenario was chemical tanker truck that had been involved in a collision, injuries and a fatality were reported, and the tanker was leaking its hazardous cargo.

First responders from the Nelsonville Fire and Police Departments, Hocking College Police, Athens County EMS, the American Red Cross, Athens County EMA, Ohio Health O’Bleness Hospital, Athens County 9-1-1, local amateur radio operators, Athens County Sheriff’s Office explores, and Athens County Jobs and Family Services were involved in this hands-on scenario.

A representative from Ohio EMA and surrounding County EMA’s were on site to evaluate our local response.

The scenario required an initial scene size up by the fire department along with quickly establishing a security perimeter due to the leaking hazardous materials, establishing an incident command post, closing major roads and access to the Hocking River, coordinating the evacuation of nearby businesses and residences and setting up shelter locations in a safe area, making timely and accurate public information statements to the press, contacting a dedicated hazardous materials cleanup team, making entry to the site and removing an injured and contaminated victim, decontaminating the victim for EMS to transport to the hospital, removing and decontaminating a dead body for the coroner, and finally, decontaminating the on-site entry crew.

OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital actually received the EMS patient and followed their internal plan for managing this situation. The hospital also received two patients who arrived by private auto and had been decontaminated. The Athens County 9-1-1 Center processed the radio and telephone traffic (along with daily real calls) as if this staged training event was an actual emergency.

This hands-on preparedness exercise helps keep Athens County first responders ready to help our communities during complex and difficult emergency incidents. Thank you to Hocking College for allowing us to utilize their facilities and a job well done by all our first responders that participated.