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Published: Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 1:10 PM
BUTLER COUNTY — Several residents on Taylor School Road in Seven Mile were cleaning up debris from Wednesday’s storm as firefighters from Seven Mile and St. Clair Twp. pumped thousands of gallons of water out of flooded basements.
Ben Johnson, who lives on Taylor School Road, said he felt “shear panic” as the storms blew through, flooding his basement, destroying appliances and knocking out a door in the basement. He lost a washer, dryer, refrigerator, video games and couch.
“Everything in the basement is gone,” he said after putting on waders.
He said watching some of his boys’ toys float out of the garage was the most difficult.
“That made it hit pretty hard,” he said.
Johnson tried to get his garage door down to stop the water from entering his garage. He said the rushing water blew the garage door in and collapsed an interior wall.
“We got out and watched it come in,” said Johnson, who spent Wednesday night with relatives.
He has lived on the street for eight years and said the storm and flood damage were the worst he has ever seen.
“It’s a mess,” he said of the inside of his home. “An in-ground swimming pool.”
He’s thankful his wife and two sons, Wyatt, 6, and Hank, 2, were not injured.
Johnson doesn’t have flood insurance. When asked what was next, he said: “Hope. You got to fix it one way or another.”
The American Red Cross Cincinnati Region also provided emergency personnel and residents food and water.
Published: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 9:04 AM
Updated: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 3:30 PM
— Flooding overnight is still affecting the area with road closures due to high water.
Published: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 4:00 PM
Updated: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 4:00 PM
MIDDLETOWN — UPDATE @ 3:30 p.m.:
The mystery of what caused loud booms Saturday night in Middletown has been solved.
Large rainfall during the removal of hot slag from the AK Steel plant caused “a louder than usual noise,” said Douglas Huffnagel from Stein.
Slag is a byproduct of the steelmaking process and can be extremely hot. When moisture hits slag, it can cause a loud noise.
Huffnagel said no one was injured and no equipment was damaged.
For more than 60 years Stein Inc. has been providing slag processing and steel mill services, according to its website.
UPDATE @ 1 a.m.
There were numerous reports of several loud explosions Saturday night, but Middletown police said on social media they were not aware of any explosions and had not responded to one.
Middletown residents reported the blasts were believed to have come from AK Steel Corp., but the company told Middletown police they were fine.
There have been numerous reports of several loud explosions Saturday night at AK Steel Corp.
Middletown dispatch confirmed they received reports of a possible explosion, but said they are not aware of the cause of the noise reported, nor where it may have occurred.
Witnesses said the blasts happened sometime around 11:20 p.m.
We are working to learn more about what happened, and whether there were any injuries.
Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 4:27 AM
Updated: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 4:00 PM
— Many rivers are in flood stages due to the recent rains, which included a record-breaking day for Dayton, which saw 1.84 inches of rain Saturday to surpass the old daily rainfall record of 1.63 inches set in 2016.
With all the rain, the Great Miami River in Dayton is expected to crest around 7 p.m. today at 32.2 feet, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said.
Other rivers are considered in minor flood stage, such as the Mad River near Springfield, the Little Miami River near Spring Valley in Greene County and the Great Miami River near Middletown in Butler County. These rivers are expected to recede heading into Monday.
The Great Miami River near Sidney is expected to crest in minor flood stage early Monday, then recede, Collar said.
There are flood alerts over the next couple days.
There’s a lag between the heavy rain and water levels rising, which is why creeks, streams and rivers won’t recede until the start to the new week, Zontini said.
The Great Miami River is expected to crest, or hit its highest levels, this weekend.
In Troy, the Great Miami River is expected to crest at 13.6 feet Sunday, and in Dayton, the river is expected to crest, also Sunday, at 32.2 feet. And in Middletown, the Great Miami River is expected to crest at 12.4 feet Sunday.
The Stillwater River in Englewood is expected to crest Monday at 33.6 feet.
When the river does crest, here are the areas that will see flooding, according to the National Weather Service.
ENGLEWOOD (Stillwater River)
DAYTON (Great Miami River)
SIDNEY (Great Miami River)
Published: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 4:52 AM
Updated: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 3:35 PM
— Partly cloudy skies are expected this afternoon. It will be dry with highs in the upper 40s. Some spots may get into the lower 50s. It also will be breezy with winds gusting over 25 mph at times, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said.
Tonight: A dry and cool night is expected. Temperatures will drop into the middle 30s.
Monday: Mostly sunny skies are expected with highs in the lower to middle 50s.
Tuesday: We get back into the upper 50s with mostly sunny skies.
Wednesday: The chance for rain returns in the afternoon and evening. Highs will be in the upper 50s.