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* News Release *
 
Wednesday, July 18, 2001
For Immediate Release

ROAD DAMAGE EXTENSIVE FOLLOWING STORMS
Warning Issued

Butler County Engineer Gregory J. Wilkens reports that several roads have been closed as a result of last night's severe storms and heavy rains. BCEO crews were mobilized early this morning to clear mud, gravel, and debris from roads and to place high water signs in numerous locations. Crews have also been busy clearing culverts and bridge piers clogged by tree limbs and debris.

The hardest hits areas were Milford, Wayne, St. Clair, Liberty, West Chester, and Fairfield Townships. Flash flooding caused damage to several homes in Liberty Township, according to the BCEO's Development Services Department. Detention basins were overflowing in some subdivisions prompting the BCEO to issue the following warning on its web site this morning:

The Butler County Engineer's Office warns citizens to not walk into standing water and to not attempt to remove debris or grates in detention basins. Doing so poses a serious risk of being sucked in. Please wait for the water to recede at which time debris should be removed by a professional.

Roads Closed Until Further Notice

The following roads are closed indefinitely while BCEO engineers assess the damage and evaluate repairs, including cost and possible design work. It is possible that to fix some of the damaged roads could involve extensive engineering:

      Bauer Road in Milford Township between Hamilton Eaton Road and State Road due to a culvert washout.
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      Canal Road in Fairfield Township between Allison Avenue and Headgates Road. Portions of the roadway have been washed out.
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      Frazee Road in Milford Township between Oren Road and Baker Road due to a collapsed culvert.
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      Hamilton Mason Road on the Liberty / West Chester Township line between Liberty Fairfield Road and Crown Pointe due to a washed out culvert.
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      Harris Road in Milford Township between Ohio 177 and U.S. 127 due to a washed out culvert.
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      Jacksonburg Road in Wayne Township is closed between Howe Road and Thomas Road due to a culvert washout.
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      Mill Street in the Village of Somerville due to severe bridge damage.
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      Scott Road in Milford Township is closed between Shannon Drive and Huston Road due to a culvert washout.
       
      Second Street in the West Chester Township community of Maud is closed due to an embankment slip.
       
      Somerville Road in Milford Township between Baker Road and Ohio 177 due to several embankment washouts and washout around a bridge.
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Additionally, the Ohio Department of Transportation has closed Ohio 503 (West Elkton Road) in Wayne Township between Tolbert Road and Oxford Middletown Road due to a collapsed culvert.

For updates on these and other closures, please see the Road Closings page here on our web site.

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For more information contact:

Chris Petrocy, Public Information Supervisor
Greg Wilkens, P.E., P.S., Butler County Engineer
Phone 513.867.5744 • Fax 513.867.5849


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