Heavy Rains Pummel Ohio, Two Dead

Heavy rains pummel southeast Ohio, two dead

Schools and businesses are closed today as eastern Ohio recovers from up to seven inches of rain that fell as the remnants of Hurricane Frances moved northward. Two Ohio deaths have been blamed on the flooding, including a nine-year-old girl who was swept off a footbridge on her way home from school in Tuscarawas County. Dave Ivan is deputy coordinator for the Belmont County Emergency Management Agency. He says the county is getting ready to start damage assessments today, now that the rain has slowed to a drizzle. Churches there provided shelter for residents evacuated from their homes. In Guernsey County, portions of Interstate 70 are closed between Cambridge and New Concord.

The state says one eastbound lane has reopened but the westbound freeway likely will remain shut down until late this morning.