Storm damage hits parks hard

Storm damage hits parks hard

READING, OH (FOX19) - Severe thunderstorms soaked the Tri-State Sunday and again early Monday, knocking out power to thousands of Duke Energy customers, leaving some roads impassable, flooding basements and closing a local school district and a park.

The rain has ended for now, but another round is expected tonight.

Reading schools are closed Monday due to flooding. Dozens of classrooms are flooded and officials were forced to cancel class for high school and middle school students again Tuesday.

Central and Hilltop elementary schools will reopen Tuesday.

Some communities saw nearly 4 inches of rain. Other areas recorded 2-3 inches.

Parks in western Hamilton County were hit so hard, one closed and parts of the bike trail at Winton Woods are under water.

The National Weather Service in Wilmington plans to survey the area near Fivemile in Brown County and St. Anthony and Celina in Mercer County Monday to see if storm damage is from a small tornado.

So far, all indications are there is no storm damage in Brown County to indicate a tornado hit, according to the county's emergency management agency.

About 6,800 customers were in the dark at the height of the storms about 11 p.m. Sunday night, said Sally Thelen, Duke spokeswoman. Power is expected to be restored by Monday afternoon.

Some roads are covered in leaves, branches and fallen trees. Lower areas of Branch-Hill-Loveland Road were "completely impassable" due to high water, police in Clermont County's Miami Township said in tweet Monday morning.

Flooding also hit parts of Sharonville and Evendale along the Mill Creek as the creek rose and crested just before daybreak.

Businesses in the Mosteller, Kemper and Canal Road area of Sharonville will incur 1 to 3 feet of flooding on property and into buildings, the National Weather Service predicted.

Significant street flooding also was expected.

One motorist's vehicle became submerged in high water on Canal Street near the UPS facility Monday morning, according to Sharonville police. That driver was not hurt, but was cited for driving onto a closed road.

Motorists are advised to not drive vehicles onto water-covered roads. The water depth may be too great to allow your vehicle to cross safely and the road beneath may not be intact.

Great Miami River at Miamitown in western Hamilton County also flooded overnight.

It stands at 16 feet; flood stage is 14.7 feet. The river is expected to rise to 24.5 feet by tonight before falling below flood stage Tuesday night.

At 24 feet, moderate flooding occurs along the Great Miami River south of Miamitown over southwest Miami Township, with water affecting cottages along the east bank of the river, according to the weather service.

Flooding also occurs along the river from New Baltimore to Cleves.

Minor flooding also is expected in the Little Miami River in Milford. The river ran over flood stage early Monday. It stood at 18.2 feet at 4;30 a.m., according to the weather service. Flood stage is 17 feet.

At stages near 17 feet, lowland flooding occurs along the river in Clermont and Hamilton counties.

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