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Twelve New Richmond residents displaced by flooding, officials say

Posted at 3:48 PM, Feb 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-28 16:42:45-05

NEW RICHMOND, Ohio -- Twelve people have been displaced due to flooding, Village Administrator Greg Roberts said. 

Roberts, alongside Commissioner David Painter and Clermont County officials, discussed relief efforts at a news conference Wednesday. 

Roberts said 12 residents are staying at the American Red Cross shelter at New Richmond High School. Roberts said he wasn't sure how long the shelter will stay open, but officials will give a 48 hour notice before closing it. 

"This floodwater is still in many communities, including New Richmond, and people, some of them cannot even access their homes," Roberts said. 

River levels were at 56.1 feet Wednesday, and levels won’t drop below flood stage until Friday or Saturday, Painter said. The county is currently working to assess damages. 

About 30 percent of the village was underwater Sunday, according to Roberts. Matthew 25 Ministries will continue to distribute cleaning and hygiene supplies to flood victims from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Monday at First Baptist Church at 213 Western Avenue. 

Officials will hold a town hall 6 p.m. Monday at 212 Market Street for residents to get information from village and county officials on flood relief. The town hall is for victims from all communities. 

Roberts said flood victims can call the American Red Cross at 513-579-3048 for help.