Rain pounds county


Air park gets 3.5”; Sabina hit hard

By Tom Barr - and Gary Huffenberger



No parking, but what about swimming? The scene at the J.W. Denver Williams Jr. Memorial Park in Wilmington was similar to many others across Clinton County Wednesday morning.


Pictured in the background is high water of Lytle Creek in Wilmington and, in the foreground, an apparent overflowing drain with water covering the road to the landfill.


Tom Barr | News Journal

This house, as well as two cars, on Pratt Road was deluged by the Wednesday rain.


Tom Barr | News Journal

The soggy scene at Reeder Road and Pratt Road.


Dave Brightman Jr.

High water on Dover Road near Starbuck Road.


Dave Brightman Jr.

This was the wet, gloomy view over East Clinton High School and Middle School on Wednesday morning. And inside wasn’t much better, as the electric was out first thing in the morning, forcing students to go either to the cafeteria or gym.


Mel Bean | Courtesy photo

Lytle Creek nearly reaches the bridge on South Nelson Avenue Wednesday morning.


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Another view of swollen Lytle Creek in Wilmington Wednesday morning.


Tom Barr | News Journal

This was the scene Wednesday morning near the intersection of Starbuck and Sabina roads.


Denim Arrasmith | News Journal

A flooded yard on Sherman Street in Sabina.


Jessie Roberts | Courtesy photo

This was the scene Wednesday morning near Todds Fork — but not the creek, according to Amanda Kratzer.


Amanda Kratzer | Courtesy photo

This is a soggy Hales Branch Road in Midland Wednesday morning.


Jessica Bare | Courtesy photo

A street in Sabina made for a wet commute.


Tracy Howard | Courtesy photo

An underwater yard on Polk Road, Sabina.


Christie Diane George | Courtesy photo

A flooded side “yard” along School Road in New Antioch Wednesday morning.


Shelby LaPine | Courtesy photo

Under surveillance, under water at Wilmington’s J.W. Denver Williams Jr. Memorial Park.


Shelby LaPine | Courtesy photo

WILMINGTON — Clinton County was deluged with heavy rain and storms early Wednesday until mid-morning, dropping exactly 3.5 inches of rain at the Wilmington Air Park according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington — and possibly more in the Sabina area.

Although storms including hail and lightning hit Clinton County overnight, Highland County had a report of a tornado around 2:30 a.m. near Leesburg that crossed into the Greenfield area. Barns and other structures were damaged, but there were no injuries reported.

Many areas of Clinton County saw flooding creeks and roadways blocked due to high water, and many areas had flash flood watches followed by warnings.

Although the entire county got hit by the hard rains, Sabina seems to have gotten the worst of it with many reports of yards and basements flooded.

All the schools in the East Clinton Local Schools district were closed for the day, after a power outage in Lees Creek where the high and middle schools are located, and with high water in portions of the Sabina area.

When the electricity was lost in Lees Creek, East Clinton High School students assembled in the cafeteria, and the middle school students mostly gathered in a gymnasium. East Clinton Superintendent Eric Magee said the decision was made to not put the buses back out on the roads, keeping elementary-grades children home.

The power company wasn’t sure when it would get power restored to Lees Creek, so district officials decided to wait for a break in the weather and for improved road conditions and then send the high and middle schools students home.

Magee drove across the district to monitor the roadways.

“Sabina absolutely was hit quite a bit harder than the New Vienna area,” reported Magee. The district has elementary school buildings in both Sabina and New Vienna.

There were still roads flooded in the Sabina area as of mid-afternoon, according to Magee.

A stretch of Pratt Road in Clinton County was still under water in the mid-afternoon, a motorist told the News Journal.

For photographs from around the county, please visit wnewsj.com.

No parking, but what about swimming? The scene at the J.W. Denver Williams Jr. Memorial Park in Wilmington was similar to many others across Clinton County Wednesday morning.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2017/03/web1_NoParkingSwimmingOK-5.jpgNo parking, but what about swimming? The scene at the J.W. Denver Williams Jr. Memorial Park in Wilmington was similar to many others across Clinton County Wednesday morning.

Pictured in the background is high water of Lytle Creek in Wilmington and, in the foreground, an apparent overflowing drain with water covering the road to the landfill.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2017/03/web1_DSCF1509-5.jpgPictured in the background is high water of Lytle Creek in Wilmington and, in the foreground, an apparent overflowing drain with water covering the road to the landfill. Tom Barr | News Journal

This house, as well as two cars, on Pratt Road was deluged by the Wednesday rain.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2017/03/web1_House-on-Pratt-Road-including-2-cars-under-water-Dave-Brightman-jr-2.jpgThis house, as well as two cars, on Pratt Road was deluged by the Wednesday rain. Tom Barr | News Journal

The soggy scene at Reeder Road and Pratt Road.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2017/03/web1_Reeder-Road-and-Pratt-Road-Dave-Brightman-jr-2.jpgThe soggy scene at Reeder Road and Pratt Road. Dave Brightman Jr.

High water on Dover Road near Starbuck Road.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2017/03/web1_OnDoverRoadNearStarbuckRd-5.jpgHigh water on Dover Road near Starbuck Road. Dave Brightman Jr.

This was the wet, gloomy view over East Clinton High School and Middle School on Wednesday morning. And inside wasn’t much better, as the electric was out first thing in the morning, forcing students to go either to the cafeteria or gym.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2017/03/web1_ECHS-sky-mel-bean-5.jpgThis was the wet, gloomy view over East Clinton High School and Middle School on Wednesday morning. And inside wasn’t much better, as the electric was out first thing in the morning, forcing students to go either to the cafeteria or gym. Mel Bean | Courtesy photo

Lytle Creek nearly reaches the bridge on South Nelson Avenue Wednesday morning.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2017/03/web1_DSCF1517-5.jpgLytle Creek nearly reaches the bridge on South Nelson Avenue Wednesday morning. Tom Barr | News Journal

Another view of swollen Lytle Creek in Wilmington Wednesday morning.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2017/03/web1_DSCF1516-1-5.jpgAnother view of swollen Lytle Creek in Wilmington Wednesday morning. Tom Barr | News Journal

This was the scene Wednesday morning near the intersection of Starbuck and Sabina roads.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2017/03/web1_Starbuck-and-Sabina-roads-5.jpgThis was the scene Wednesday morning near the intersection of Starbuck and Sabina roads. Denim Arrasmith | News Journal

A flooded yard on Sherman Street in Sabina.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2017/03/web1_Sherman-Street-Sabina-Jessie-Roberts-5.jpgA flooded yard on Sherman Street in Sabina. Jessie Roberts | Courtesy photo

This was the scene Wednesday morning near Todds Fork — but not the creek, according to Amanda Kratzer.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2017/03/web1_By-Todds-Fork-NOT-the-creek-Amanda-Kratzer-5.jpgThis was the scene Wednesday morning near Todds Fork — but not the creek, according to Amanda Kratzer. Amanda Kratzer | Courtesy photo

This is a soggy Hales Branch Road in Midland Wednesday morning.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2017/03/web1_Hales-Branch-Road-Midland-Jessica-Bare-5.jpgThis is a soggy Hales Branch Road in Midland Wednesday morning. Jessica Bare | Courtesy photo

A street in Sabina made for a wet commute.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2017/03/web1_Main-Street-Sabina-Tracy-Howard-5.jpgA street in Sabina made for a wet commute. Tracy Howard | Courtesy photo

An underwater yard on Polk Road, Sabina.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2017/03/web1_Polk-Road-Sabina-Christie-Diane-George-5.jpgAn underwater yard on Polk Road, Sabina. Christie Diane George | Courtesy photo

A flooded side “yard” along School Road in New Antioch Wednesday morning.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2017/03/web1_School-Road-New-Antioch-Shelby-LaPine-parents-side-yard-over-driveway-5.jpgA flooded side “yard” along School Road in New Antioch Wednesday morning. Shelby LaPine | Courtesy photo

Under surveillance, under water at Wilmington’s J.W. Denver Williams Jr. Memorial Park.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2017/03/web1_UnderSurveilanceUnderWater-5.jpgUnder surveillance, under water at Wilmington’s J.W. Denver Williams Jr. Memorial Park. Shelby LaPine | Courtesy photo
Air park gets 3.5”; Sabina hit hard

By Tom Barr

and Gary Huffenberger

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