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Flooding prompts evacuation of more than 80 West Chester businesses

Posted at 11:56 AM, May 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-19 19:54:48-04

WEST CHESTER TOWNSHIP, Ohio — Authorities Tuesday evacuated 12 people from multiple businesses in West Chester Township that were affected by the morning's flooding.

According to township spokeswoman Barb Wilson, the flooding of the nearby Mill Creek impacted roughly 85 local businesses. The two largest businesses impacted were GE Aviation and Humana, she said.

Many of the employees were able to make it out on their own, and Lakota district school buses were used to transport those who could not, according to WCPO 9 news partner Journal News.

Wilson reported just before noon Tuesday that no injuries occurred during the evacuations.

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She said the flooding was a result of overflow of the East Fork of the Mill Creek and a pond between Windisch and Interstate 75. The roads affected were Windisch Road between Crescentville and Allen Road and Allen Road between Windisch Road and River Walk.

School buses and dump trucks were staged at nearby IKEA to assist with the evacuations. The evacuees were taken to Lakota West High School.

There also were reports that firefighters rescued several residents trapped in high water at Gregory Creek Mobile Home Park off Hamilton-Mason Road in Butler County.

The local American Red Cross is responding to assist the residents.

Reporting from WCPO 9 news partner Journal-News' Rick McCrabb contributed to this report.