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Published: Monday, August 28, 2017 @ 10:45 PM
Ohio Task Force 1 box trucks became quasi-watercraft Monday evening when team members used them to evacuate a Katy, Texas, nursing home.
The task force worked six hours in assisting Nebraska Task Force 1 with the mission, Ohio leader Jack Reall told WHIO-TV's Gabrielle Enright. The facility was being threatened by high water.
The Nebraska team needed high-water vehicles, Reall said.
"So we took our box trucks, which carry our cargo, emptied them and carried patients in the back of them," he said.
When the mission was all said and done, the Ohio task force had ferried 80 patients and 25 staff members from Heritage Park Nursing Home.
"A lot of them were bed-ridden," Reall said. "A lot of them were not ambulatory.... It took us quite a bit of time, but we got them to a casualty collection point" where they could be transferred to other facilities.
The nursing home had electric service, Reall said, but there was no way for the staff to get in or out.
"Everybody had been there since the storm started," he said.
Ohio Task Force 1 is in the Houston area (Katy is about 30 miles west of the nation's fourth largest city) because the mission is to perform boat rescues. Hurricane-now Tropical Storm Harvey has dumped more than 30 inches of rain on the area since making landfall along the southeast Texas coast early Friday morning.
Reall said there was no way other than big vehicles to get patients and staff in or out of the nursing home.
"No ambulances could get in," he said. "If there was an emergency, there was no way to get them out."
Reall said the box truck-boat operation was a lot more efficient than trying to get the patients and staff out by actual boats.
"It was a very good use of our resources," said.
The mission wasn't without its challenges, of course.
Reall said the water is moving very fast, much faster than he and other task force members are used to seeing in Ohio.
"It's like having a river at flood stage, going through downtown," he said. All of the rescuers are having to dodge a lot of debris and obstacles they just can't see.
"I ran over a couple of curbs over there I couldn't see," Reall said. "It's pretty impressive."
Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 12:35 AM
Updated: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 4:51 AM
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Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 4:29 AM
TODAY: A few showers are expected throughout the day today. While it won’t be a wash-out, you’ll want to make sure you have an umbrella handy if you have plans to be out. Temperatures will be on the mild side in the mid to upper 40s.
TONIGHT: A few light showers can’t be ruled overnight, but more dry time is expected. Lows will be in the lower 40s.
MONDAY: More rain expected for the day, especially in the afternoon and early evening. Rain could be heavy at times with highs peaking in the lower to mid 50s.
TUESDAY: Colder air returns with highs in the upper 30s early in the morning. Temperatures will likely fall through the entire day with a chance for snow showers or flurries.
WEDNESDAY: Another cool day expected with partly cloudy skies and highs in the mid to upper 30s.
THURSDAY: Partly sunny skies as temperatures peak in the upper 30s again.
Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 5:14 AM
Updated: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 11:20 PM
— A few light showers can be expected overnight, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said. “We’re not anticipating much rain to fall, but there will be a few showers from time to time,” he said. Overnight temperatures will drop into the middle to upper 30s.
Sunday: We’ll experience cloudy skies with a chance for drizzle and fog. A few light showers will be possible as temperatures climb into the mid 40s.
Monday: More rain is expected, especially in the afternoon and early evening. Some of that rain could be heavy at times. Highs will be in the lower to middle 50s.
Tuesday: Colder air returns. Highs likely will be in the upper 30s early in the morning, then temperatures will fall throughout the day. There is a chance for some snow whhowers or flurries.
Wednesday: It will be another cool day under partly cloudy skies. Highs will be in the middle to upper 30s.
Thursday: Temperatures will top out in the upper 30s under partly cloudy skies.
Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 9:40 PM
FAIRBORN — Employees at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base will report to work on Monday for further instructions.
On Main Street in downtown Fairborn Saturday night there were a lot of questions about the partial shutdown, from workers who may be at risk of furlough to businesses those workers visit.
“It’s definitely uncertainty,” Casey Hudson, a civil servant who works in finances with the Air National Guard in Springfield.
He’s headed to work this week with or without a budget approved by Congress, and possibly without getting paid on time.
“I still have to go to work,” Hudson said. “It’s not fun not getting a paycheck, so I’m just trying to make sure I’m on top of my finances.”
Inside Giovanni’s pizzeria in downtown Fairborn, it was business as usual. But management is keeping an eye on what happens hundreds of miles away, in Washington, wondering how long this shutdown could last.
“If it’s a week we’ll probably lose, probably $5- to $7,000, just from sales, from people not coming,” General Manager Karl Henry said.
WPAFB active duty and civil servants make up 60 to 70 percent of the customers at Giovanni’s, Henry said. When they don’t get paid or are uncertain, they won’t spend money at the restaurant. That’s what happened in 2013 when the government briefly shut down.
“It came to a slow crawl. We’d only get a few couples in, we cut our staff real thin, it got real slow,” Henry said.
After the 2013 shutdown, workers who stayed on the job unpaid and those furloughed were reimbursed.
But businesses who rely on the base’s staff get no such compensation, and can only hold out for a quick end.
“Hopefully Congress will get together and this will all kind of go away and we’ll get this budget approved,” Henry said.