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NWS: Flood Warnings Issued for 19 Ohio Counties


(Feb. 21, 2018) The NWS has issued a Flood Warning for Gallia and Lawrence counties, expiring by 3:20 p.m. today.

Flood Warnings have been issued for rivers in the following Ohio counties, expiring through Feb. 25 or until further notice: Adams, Brown, Clermont, Coshocton, Defiance, Fulton, Hamilton, Holmes, Henry, Lucas, Paulding, Sandusky, Scioto, Van Wert, Wayne, Williams, and Wood. Counties along the Ohio River will remain at a Flood Warning until further notice. The Ohio River will remain above flood stage for the next five days. Minor flooding is forecast and occurring. Significant rises on area rivers will continue due to heavy rainfall. Expect moderate to major flooding.

A Flood Warning means Take Action! Flooding is expected.

  • Move to higher ground immediately.
  • Use extra caution if driving. Never drive through flooded roadways. Turn Around. Don’t Drown.
  • Listen to your local TV or radio stations for weather forecasts and updates.
  • Listen to public safety and emergency management officials for safety and evacuation information.

OCSWA Flood Safety Information


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02.22.2018:  How Greater Cincinnati deals with rising floodwaters on the Ohio River
02.22.2018:  Flood hits hard (Lawrence County)
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02.22.2018:  Darke County: Violence may be the newest issue to mitigate


Sima Merick, Executive Director

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Notice of Funding Opportunity

Ohio Emergency Management Agency (EMA)
Security Grants for Nonprofits (H.B. No. 384)

Period of Performance:
April 19, 2017 - June 30, 2018

The Ohio EMA Security Grants for Nonprofits program provides funding to nonprofit organizations for eligible security improvements that assist the organization in preventing, preparing for, and responding to acts of terrorism. Additional details can be found here.


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