Created on Monday, 23 December 2013 Written by THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Weekend downpours caused flooding still affecting much of western Ohio, swamping roads, basements and fields.
Police in Miami County rescued several stranded motorists whose cars stalled or were swept off the road by floodwaters. No major injuries were reported over the weekend, but authorities said many roads in low-lying areas remained closed Monday.
The Great Miami River flooded north of Dayton in Sidney to west of Cincinnati in Miamitown, as temperatures fell Monday after spring-like weekend weather. Scioto River flooding was also reported Monday in south-central Ohio, with highway stretches and farm fields covered in parts of Delaware County. Northwest Ohio was under a flood warning with flooding already in the Findlay area.
Many areas got 3 to 5 inches of rain over the weekend, adding to snow on the ground that melted quickly in 50- to 60-degree weather.
"There are quite a few rivers that are flooding, and a lot of lingering flooding in low-lying areas," said Andrew Snyder, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Wilmington.
He said forecasters don't expect much more precipitation as temperatures plummet, but there could be light snow in some areas over the next couple days.
Columbus saw a record high of 69 on Saturday, but people in the capital city will be bundling up for Christmas with temperatures expected in the teens.