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Harvey (Day 5): Ohio Task Force 1 remains in Houston area

Published: Saturday, August 26, 2017 @ 9:22 AM
Updated: Tuesday, August 29, 2017 @ 4:42 AM

OHTF1: In a box truck with evacuees

UPDATE @ 4:40 a.m. (Aug. 29): Ohio Task Force 1 and Gabrielle Enright remain in Houston while waiting for their next assignment. 

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UPDATE @ 9 p.m. (Aug. 28): Ohio Task Force 1 remains in the Houston area, assigned to perform water rescues.

More than 1,000 people have been rescued in the last eight hours as water levels continue to rise because Tropical Storm Harvey is lingering over southeast Texas.

OHTF1: More from Houston

UPDATE @ 10:50 a.m. (Aug. 28)

Ohio Task Force 1 will head to the southern part of Houston to perform boat rescues, after the Houston area received over 30 inches of rain from Hurricane Harvey. 

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MORE: Photos: Hurricane Harvey causes widespread damage

The task force has been given a window until around noon Central Time before water will be released from a levy or dam. 

Ohio Task Force 1 is busy in Houston

News Center 7’s Gabrielle Enright remains with Ohio Task Force 1 in Texas, and we’ll continue to update this page as we learn more. 

UPDATE @ 6:20 p.m. (Aug. 27)

Ohio Task Force 1 is in Katy, outside Houston, ready to operate water rescue missions. The Houston area has been deluged by ‘unprecedented flooding” from torrential rains from Tropical Storm Harvey.

Rainfall totals are approaching 20 inches, recorded at the Houston Intercontinental Airport, according to the Weather Prediction Center.

(Gabrielle Enright/STAFF)

UPDATE @ 1:21 p.m.Ohio Task Force 1 has been given a new destination -- Katy, Texas, outside Houston.

>> Listen to WHIO Radio on AM 1290 and News 95.7 for LIVE coverage of the active situation in Texas.

UPDATE @ 1:05 p.m.

Ohio Task Force 1 will soon be leaving the Texas town of Tivoli and head for San Antonio to stage.

“We are seeing lines of medics and charter buses headed to Houston,” WHIO-TV’s Gabrielle Enright reports, along with videographer Chuck Hamlin.

UPDATE @ 11:05 a.m. 

Ohio Task Force 1, in the small southeast Texas town of Tivoli, helped “rescue” a fire truck trapped when the firehouse collapsed.

There were no injuries resulting from the collapse as the team was able to help the fire crew get their fire engine back in service.

There have been no reports of people in the town being trapped.

(Gabrielle Enright/Staff)

UPDATE @ 10:05 a.m. (Aug. 27) DAY 3: Ohio Task Force 1 spent the night in Robstown, Texas, and now is in the area of Tivoli, a short distance from the San Antonio Bay and southeast of Victoria. 

In Tivoli, task force members are assessing damage and sending information to FEMA to help determine if the town should receive federal help and funding. 

The town of roughly 400 people, northeast of Corpus Christi and southwest of Houston, takes its name from the town of Tivoli in the Lazio region of central Italy. 

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini looks at the latest impacts from Harvey and also what could become another tropical storm to our east.

Meantime, Ohio Task Force 1 members are anticipating they will be moved to the Houston area. 

In an effort to meet up with the task force, WHIO-TV's Gabrielle Enright and Videographer Chuck Hamlin are staging between where the task force is now and where they will go.  

Enright and Hamlin will provide with you with updates, video and more as they move forward.

UPDATE @ 12:15 a.m. (Aug. 27)

Ohio Task Force 1 arrived Saturday night in Robstown, Texas, about 30 miles from Corpus Christi.

The urban search and rescue team expects to be put to work today assisting local resources. Ohio Task Force 1 was deployed to Robstown along with Texas Task Force 1 and Missouri Task Force 1.

UPDATE @ 6:20 p.m. (Aug. 26) DAY 2

Ohio Task Force 1 has been deployed and is headed to Robstown, Texas, not far from Corpus Christi.

Teams there requested support in the wake of Hurricane Harvey’s landfall and subsequent torrential rains as it stalls in the region as a tropical storm, News Center 7’s Gabrielle Enright said. She and videographer Chuck Hamlin are traveling with the task force.

Ohio Task Force 1 and Missouri Task Force 1 are leaving from San Antonio, and will meet up with Texas Task Force 1 in Robstown.

Support efforts are expected to begin and first light.

Ohio Task Force 1 moving to Robstown, Texas

EARLIER (Aug. 26)

Ohio Task Force 1 learned during a conference call today that they will remain on standby to assist with any search and rescue missions, however at this point they have not received any missions from FEMA.

News Center 7’s Gabrielle Enright and videographer Chuck Hamlin are traveling with the group as they prepare for possible search and rescue missions related to Hurricane Harvey.

DAY 1: Ohio Task Force 1 leaves Dayton for Texas

So far, the task force is being held primarily for flooding concerns. While there are a lot of damage reports coming in, Texas resources have been able to handle them.

The task force arrived in San Antonio early Saturday morning and many of the crew were finally able to get some rest around 4:45 a.m. when they slept on cots at the AT&T Center.

MAP: Ohio Task Force One Location

The team is continuing to have regular meetings and are creating tactical plan should they be called for a mission.

The drive from Dayton to San Antonio is approximately 18 hours.

This news organization was the first to report to you that 49 members are part of the activation group, which learned of their mission in a conference call Thursday night (Aug.24). 

The crew worked to load the task force vehicles before they left their base in Kettering early Friday morning.

Our News Center 7 teams have traveled with the Task Force for several other missions they’ve been assigned to, including Hurricane Matthew in 2016 and Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

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Reporter Gabrielle Enright reports just outside Little Rock, Arkansas, on the latest conditions from Hurricane Harvey.

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Winter Weather Advisory for Butler County starts Saturday

Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 4:38 AM
Updated: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 11:50 AM

Sunshine is expected this afternoon, with snow possible in parts of the Dayton area Saturday.

Clouds will increase overnight, with temperatures falling into the upper 20s by morning, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said.


  • Winter Weather Advisory for Butler County from 2 a.m. Saturday to 2 a.m. Sunday
  • Scattered snow by late morning, mainly south of I-70
  • Warmer weather pattern next week

>> Winter Storm: ‘Either Dayton or Cincinnati will get nailed’

5 Day Forecast with Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell

>> Live Doppler 7 HD Interactive Radar 


Saturday: Scattered snow will develop in the morning, mainly south of Interstate 70. Snow showers will be on and off into the evening. Little or no snow accumulation is expected north of I-70. Accumulation of 1 inch or less is expected across Preble, Montgomery and Clark and Greene Counties. Around 1 to 3 inches will be possible in Butler County along with southern Warren and Clinton counties. Highs will be in the upper 30s with breezy conditions at times.

 >> 5-Day Forecast

Sunday: Clouds will clear with temperatures moderating back into the middle 40s.

Monday: Sunshine will start the day but clouds will increase through the afternoon. It will be milder with highs reaching into the lower 50s.

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Tuesday: More seasonable temperatures are expected but showers will be possible. Highs will be in the middle 50s.

Wednesday: Showers will be likely with highs in the upper 50s.

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Dayton students head to D.C. to march for gun control 

Published: Saturday, March 24, 2018 @ 1:05 AM

Dayton students head to D.C. to march for gun control 

A group of students from the Dayton area left Friday night, headed to Washington, D.C. to march in the nation's capital Saturday in the name of gun control.

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The students have a grueling itinerary, leaving from Englewood by bus Friday night, riding by bus through the night and arriving in Washington around 9 a.m. 

"We want action and we want prevention," said Sammy Caruso, an Oakwood High School student who coordinated the trip. 

Oakwood students spent their Friday night making signs in preparation for their trip. They'll joine other teens from all over the country in what's being called the "March for our Lives." 

It's a push for tougher gun laws in the wake of the most recent mass shooting last month at a high school in Parkland, Florida. 

"I think marches are one of the best ways we can get people involved," said Caruso. 

Students from several schools in the Miami Valley boarded the bus, along with some parents and teachers who also are along for the trip. 

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Caruso said he lost a friend in the Parkland shooting, so he said this issue is personal for him. 

"I really felt like I needed to do something about it, I couldn't just watch this happen, see something that happened to my friend ... I need to do as much as I can," he said. 

"We want our congressmen to know that we're sick of it, and if they're not going to have any action, we're going to demand it." 

In Dayton, a March for Our Lives event is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Courthouse Square downtown.

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Congress OKs $450,000 for Wright brothers factory buildings

Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 6:28 PM

            Wright Airplane Factory buildings were occupied by Delphi until 2009. TY GREENLEES / STAFF FILE PHOTO
            Ty Greenlees
Wright Airplane Factory buildings were occupied by Delphi until 2009. TY GREENLEES / STAFF FILE PHOTO(Ty Greenlees)

The National Park Service will have $450,000 to buy two historic buildings at the former Wright Co. airplane factory site in West Dayton under a $1.3 trillion federal omnibus spending bill President Donald Trump signed Friday.

But the years-long quest to buy buildings 1 and 2, the first factory in the world to produce airplanes, is anything but over, officials say.

“It’s a small, positive step in a long, difficult march,” said Timothy Gaffney, a National Aviation Heritage Alliance spokesman.

The Park Service and the National Aviation Heritage Alliance have longed eyed the buildings in the hope the public would be able to see the site as part of the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park.

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Kendell Thompson, the parks’ acting superintendent, said Friday he was waiting to determine what the next step is in the process.

The historic buildings are part of a 54-acre parcel, site of the former Delphi Home Avenue plant, that has been put on the commercial market. The historic site at 2701 Home Ave. is between U.S. 35 and West Third Street near Abbey Avenue.

A previous plan to buy the entire site was scaled back, according to Tony Sculimbrene, executive director of the National Aviation Heritage Alliance, who has spent years in negotiations on the future of the historic location.

The complexity of negotiations has been complicated by former owner Delphi’s past bankruptcy, land covenants and environmental liability concerns, Sculimbrene said. Former auto parts production buildings were demolished and the site has been environmentally investigated and remediated under a $3 million Clean Ohio grant, officials said.

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Hull & Associates/Home Avenue Redevelopment LLC purchased the site in 2012 with the intent to remediate environmental issues and sell it. The property is for sale on the commercial market.

Brad White, a managing partner of Home Avenue Redevelopment LLC, said the $450,000 appropriation was “good news” because the intent over the years was to sell the historic buildings to the National Park Service.

David Lotterer, vice president of commercial real estate broker JLL, which is marketing the property, declined comment Friday.

While the park service has eyed the two historic buildings, Dayton Metro Library plans to build a $10 million branch library on about seven and a half acres on the site have stalled because officials have not been able to reach a deal, the Dayton Daily News reported this month.

Dayton Metro Library executive director Tim Kambitsch said earlier this month the library did not want to move to the site on its own because of concerns incompatible uses might move in nearby, and it did not want to pay more than the property was valued.

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NAHA’s long-term vision of the property would bring commercial and “complimentary” industrial redevelopment, such as advanced manufacturing, to the former factory site, Gaffney said.

Orville and Wilbur Wright’s airplane factory built 100 airplanes between 1910-1911. General Motors and later Delphi acquired the property, and built new factories to manufacture auto parts for decades. The Delphi plant was demolished in 2013.

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False alarm sends police to Troy Christian Elementary

Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 1:34 PM

Panic alarm pushed accidentally causing school to go into lockdown Friday afternoon.

A false emergency alarm prompted police to respond to Troy Christian Elementary school, police said.

Officers responded to the school around 1 p.m. and the school was placed on lockdown while police searched the building.

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Police said 16 officers responded.

The emergency alarm button was pressed unintentionally and there is an investigation underway to determine who pressed the button, police said.

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Nothing was found and the school has resumed to normal operation, police said.

The school already was scheduled to dismiss early at 1 p.m.

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