If it isn’t snow, it is rain falling from the sky and making it difficult to get around in some parts of central Ohio this week.
The constant precipitation over the last two weeks has left the ground saturated and flooding is a problem in some areas.
In Pickaway County, high water is not just due to heavy rainfall; the ground is frozen.
With the ground saturated by the consistent precipitation we have had over the past few weeks in many cases there is nowhere for the water to go and some of it is spreading out over roads.
“This is a very rural, agricultural area,” said Chris Mullins, the Pickaway County Engineer. “We do have areas that are low depressions and they tend to flood after a large storm event like we’ve had.”
But some of the flooding in the county is a man-made problem; mostly around railroad tracks.
As roads were built under the tracks, the drainage just has not been able to keep up with the demand and as a result, man-made solutions were implemented.
The Ohio Department of Transportation installed automated warning lights that flash when the portion of SR 752 that runs beneath elevated railroad tracks is flooded.
Near Circleville, North Court Road which also goes under the railroad floods frequently when the conditions are right for it.
“We do try to put out advanced warning signs so they can take a detoured route, we also through the sheriff’s office send out a warning to the public,” said Mullins.
Mullins says, the public can sign up for and receive those warnings online.
He also says, despite the hefty fine that can come with it, some people ignore the warning signs and risk their vehicle and their lives by driving around them and through the high water.
Mullins advises, if you’re going to be traveling through an area you’re unfamiliar with, it’s not a bad idea to have some hard copy maps with you so that you can find your way around if your GPS fails you.
As for current closures, he expects them to drain over the next few days and reopen while other areas that are prone to flooding along the Scioto River will close.
Most of those closures will impact locals far more than travelers simply passing through the area.