SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- Although meteorologists predicted Tuesday morning would bring showers instead of the floods that doused Greater Cincinnati Sunday night, some waterlogged schools and roads remained closed as officials worked to clean up the damage.
Whitaker Elementary School lost windows, carpet and much of its library to floodwaters Sunday night, superintendent Terri Noe said. Although the damaged items were insured, the cleanup still necessitated a Tuesday closure.
"It has to be inspected and cleared before we can bring children back in here," Noe said. "Or adults, for that matter."
Reading Middle School and Reading High School also announced they would remain closed Tuesday.
Areas affected and closed include:
- Low-lying areas of Branch Hill Loveland Road in Clermont County
- Sharon Road at Canal Road in Sharonville
- Galbraith Road just east of Ronald Reagan Highway has one westbound lane blocked by a landslide
- Miles Road between Daly and Mill Road in Springfield Township
- Lawrenceburg Road in Miami Township between U.S. 50 and Miamiview Drive
- Stubbs Mill between U.S. 22/3 and Mason Morrow Millgrove Road in Hamilton Township (Warren County)
- Fletcher Road in Symmes Township
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Great Miami River: Flood warning at Miamitown until late Tuesday night. At 4:45 a.m., the stage was 14.7 feet. Flood stage is 16 feet. Moderate flooding is forecast. The river will rise above flood stage by early Monday morning and continue to rise to near 24.5 feet by Monday evening. The river will fall below flood stage by Tuesady evening. At stages near 24 feet, moderate flooding occurs along the Great Miami River south of Miamitown over southwest Miami Township, with water affecting cottages along the east bank of the river. Flooding also occurs along the river from New Baltimore to Cleves.
Little Miami River in Warren County: Flood warning in northeastern Warren County until 5:15 a.m. Wednesday. At 5:19 a.m. Monday, the river gage near Spring Valley indicated that flooding was occurring along the Little Miami River. Water will rise into low-lying areas close to the river near Spring Valley, Roxanna and east of Waynesville. Water will approach low areas of Corwin Road, as well as Waynesville and Middletown Roads. Flooding will occur along the river on Factory Road and North Valley Road in Beavercreek.
If your home has flooding, follow these tips to deal with the damage:
- Clear the water
- Open windows and doors and turn on fans to get air moving
- Remove carpet and padding
- Toss items that can't be salvaged/disinfected
- Call professionals for mold/remediation
- Check with insurance company