EATON — On Monday, Nov. 6, the National Weather Service at Wilmington reported a 24-hour rainfall total of approximately 2.46 inches in Eaton during the storms Sunday evening into Monday.
The NWS November outlook calls for an increased likelihood of above-normal temperatures and an increased likelihood of wetter than normal conditions.
County and city officials said several roads were shut down overnight due to high water and a few people needing to rescued from either their home or cars because of the storm.
Preble County Sheriff Mike Simpson said there were a “few road closings in our normal places” around the county. He also noted several trees were down as well.
“We had a vehicle hit a tree this morning,” Simpson said Monday afternoon. “Nobody was injured to my knowledge.”
Simpson said the county engineer’s office was working to get roadways cleared for motorists.
“Luckily, we didn’t have the weather they had up in Mercer County. We just had a lot of rain over a short period of time,” Simpson said.
Simpson said a motorist had to be rescued from his car at Hueston Woods at Hedge Row.
“We had a pick up truck that tried to drive through that. That area just floods with that much rain,” he said. “That vehicle got swept away and they had to get him out of his truck.”
Eaton Police Division Sgt. Eric Beeghly said the flooding was some of the worst he has seen since moving to Eaton several years ago.
As of Monday afternoon all City of Eaton parks were closed.
“Probably some of the highest water I’ve seen since I’ve lived in Eaton,” he said. “Our fire department went door-to-door to some of the homes, especially down Decatur and Walnut Streets.”
He said a family on Hillcrest Drive had to be rescued and Red Cross was called in to assist the family.
Beeghly said the water was roughly two-feet from going over the Roberts Bridge.
He said a motorist on Park Avenue by the old football field needed assistance to be removed from his car.
“Just that amount of water the storm sewers couldn’t keep up,” he said.
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