COLERAIN TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- Harrison Avenue disappeared under rushing floodwaters Wednesday evening, and St. Bernard’s Scout Troop 420 watched parts of surrounding trees sail down the temporary river.
Scout Master Joe Schneider, who had come to meet his scouts at St. Bernard's Catholic Church like usual, said he hadn’t seen anything like it in decades.
“When I was a small kid, before 74 was built, this area used to flood like this,” he said. “We would be in school, and it would rain and flood all the time. … (1992) was the last time I’d seen it this extreme.”
In short, it wasn’t a typical meeting for his troop. The road was closed down to protect drivers after a few misjudged the depth of the water and landed in trouble.
“People were starting to go through it because here it looked like it was only your tire, but once they got underneath the highway bridge, then it was up to their windows and one of them got stuck,” Schneider said.
Although the night’s thunderstorms spurred several warnings throughout the Tri-State area, only a few hundred homes lost power Wednesday night, according to Duke Energy's live outage map.