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Flood waters keep local roads closed, areas under water after record rainfall 

Published: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 9:04 AM
Updated: Monday, February 26, 2018 @ 10:47 AM

SKY7: Aerial footage of flooding near the village of Bellbrook. Video courtesy Ty Greenlees.

Several area roadways remain closed Monday after record rainfall over the weekend.

>> Trooper: Turn around when water covers roadway

As of 11 a.m. Monday, the following roads are closed due to high water:

  • In Huber Heights, Rip Rap Road remains closed in both directions
  • In West Carrollton, Central Avenue reopened around 9 a.m. Monday.
  • In Greene County, Hilltop Road between Trebein and Fairground roads is closed
  • In Bellbrook, Stewart Road between Mead and Washington Mill roads is closed
  • In Greene County, Lower Bellbrook Road between State Route 725 and the Little Miami River is closed
  • In Franklin, Oxford Road is closed
  • In Wayne Twp. Warren County, Corwin Avenue is closed in the 200 block
  • In Wayne Twp. Warren County, Middletown Road is closed at the covered bridge
  • In Shelby County, Peters Road between Logan-Shelby Road and County Road 23 is closed. 

A Flood Warning is in effect through this evening for areas along the Great Miami River at Miamisburg. Water will continue to rise to near 16.8 feet by this afternoon. 

The river won’t fall below flood stage until after midnight. tonight. At stages near 16 feet, lowland flooding occurs from south of Miamisburg to Franklin, Carlisle, Trenton and New Miami. 

Water begins to spill onto low-lying roadways, mainly along portions of Dayton-Oxford Road.

Roads aren’t the only thing underwater.

In Dayton, Island Metro Park looks more like a lake than a park. 

Island Metro Park in Dayton looks more like a lake Monday, after record rainfall this past weekend. STAFF PHOTO/Marshall Gorby

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St. Patrick’s Day weather: Stray showers possible tonight

Published: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 5:14 AM
Updated: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 1:00 PM

A stray light shower will be possible at times on this St. Patrick’s Day evening, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said.


  • Stray light shower can’t be ruled out this evening
  • Slick spots possible overnight
  • More sunshine on Sunday

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5 Day Forecast with Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs


Tonight: More dry time and decreasing clouds is expected overnight. Temperatures eventually will drop into the middle 20s. There is a slight chance for slick spots.

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Sunday: Sunshine returns under milder conditions. Highs will be in the lower 50s.

Monday: Clouds will increase through the day with highs in the lower to middle 50s. The chance for rain returns in the evening, and with temperatures falling past sunset, a few wet flakes may mix in as well.

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Tuesday: A few lingering snow showers or a wintry mix will be possible early. Mostly cloudy skies are expected with highs in the lower to middle 40s.

>>5-Day Forecast

Wednesday: The chance for any snow looks small, but can’t be ruled out. It’ll be a cold day with highs in the upper 30s.

Thursday: Partly sunny skies are expected with highs in the lower 40s.

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Civil rights attorney, former national parks leader named trailblazers

Published: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 7:30 PM

Benjamin L. Crump
Benjamin L. Crump

A civil rights lawyer and a former National Parks Service superintendent were the first to receive the Trailblazer Awards from the Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers Monument, officials said.

Benjamin L. Crump, a civil rights lawyer, and Robert G. Stanton, former NPS leader, were presented the awards Thursday on the 154th birthday of Young.

Crump has been an advocate for the “marginalized in our country” and represented the families of shooting victims Trayvon Martin and Robbie Tolan, among others, his website says.

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Crump, a Time magazine contributor, was the first African-American president of the Federal Bar Association for the Northern District of Florida and first African-American chairman of the Florida State University College of Law Board of Directors.

“‘As we all know, trailblazers are people who create a road or a trail where there isn’t one so he has been instrumental supporting people who’s civil rights have been violated,” said Joy Kinard, superintendent of the Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument. “He has been able to raise an awareness in the millennial community this next generation, to have an interest in knowing how important civil rights are.”

Stanton was the first African-American leader of the National Park Service, and served during the Clinton administration. He was also a senior adviser on historic preservation to the Department of the Interior.

He was selected because of his work in historic preservation and expanding the national parks narrative to include diverse people, Kinard said.

“He was the first African-American to be a superintendent of a national park after Col. Charles Young was,” she said.

Col. Young was the first African-American to reach the rank of colonel in the Army and was a pioneer for equality for African American soldiers. The West Point graduate fought in the Philippine-American war and was the first African-American superintendent of a national park – Sequoia in northern California, among other career milestones.

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Apartment fire sends woman to hospital, displaces 6 units in Harrison Twp.

Published: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 7:19 PM

Apt fire

An apartment fire this evening displaced the occupants of six units and sent one woman to a local hospital.

Crews were called shortly before 5 p.m. to 1962 Republic Drive on a report of heavy smoke coming from an apartment.

>> Flames consume vacant house in Piqua

The woman was taken to Miami Valley Hospital; her injuries are minor, according to Harrison Twp. fire officials.

The American Red Cross was called to assist residents in six units who were displaced.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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Flames consume vacant house in Piqua

Published: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 3:23 AM
Updated: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 4:52 AM

A fire in the 200 block of East Main Street caused the inside of the house to be completely damaged.

UPDATE @ 4:41 a.m.:

All crews from the Piqua Fire Department along with Covington and Fletcher firefighters responded to a massive fire early this morning that destroyed a vacant house. 

When firefighters were dispatched around 2:50 a.m., the house in the 200 block of East Main Street was engulfed. At one point the roof collapsed, according to initial reports. 

The cause is under investigation, Assistant Fire Chief Chad Kennedy said.

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The house was vacant and no one was inside, Kennedy said.


Piqua fire and police crews are battling a house engulfed in the 200 block of East Main Street in Piqua.

The roof has reportedly collapsed but all walls are still intact, according to scanner traffic.

The fire was reported around 2:50 a.m.

We have a crew on the way and will update this story as information becomes available. 

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