NEW PHILADELPHIA (WJER) (Feb. 18, 2022) – First responders have been out having to help drivers stranded in high water across roadways.
The Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s Office has logged over a half-dozen of these incidents since Thursday night. No injuries have been reported.
State Highway Patrol Sgt. Bill Bower says the worst of it seems to be in the southern part of the county, with state Route 258 closed in several sections near Uhrichsville and Newcomerstown.
“We’re just asking traffic that come across flooded areas to avoid crossing that area, find an alternate route,” said Bower.
There have also been incidents around New Philadelphia on Frys Valley Road Southwest and at the intersection of Steele Hill Road Northwest and Truss Road Southwest.
Tuscarawas County Assistant Engineer Genaro DeMonte says crews from his office are monitoring the river and creek levels, putting up barricades where needed.
“If you see a road closed sign, please do not drive around it. There is a reason that road is closed. Today’s reason is due to high water. It’s never a good idea to drive through water. No matter how big and heavy your vehicle is, water usually wins,” DeMonte said.
Bower says it only takes one or two inches of running water across a road to lift up a car.
Drivers can get ticketed for entering high water.
Bower says to call 9-1-1 if your car becomes stranded.