Coshocton County EMA warns against flooding

| February 23, 2018

COSHOCTON – The Coshocton County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) continues to monitor rivers and local bodies of water. A prolonged period of moderate to heavy rain on top of saturated grounds and high river levels may lead to flooding this weekend.

Flood waters can be extremely dangerous. The force of six inches of swiftly moving water can knock over an adult. It only takes 12 inches of rushing water to carry away a small car. Two feet of rushing water can carry away most other vehicles, including SUVs and pickup trucks.

The best ways to protect yourself during severe storms and floods are to listen to weather reports for progression of storms. Sign up to receive emergency notifications through CodeRED by visiting If it is during a flood, it is best to leave the area and seek shelter on higher ground. Never drive or walk through flooded roadways. “Turn Around. Don’t Drown.”

Flash flood waters move very quickly and can roll boulders, tear out trees, destroy buildings and obliterate bridges. Walls of water can reach heights of 10 to 20 feet and generally are accompanied by a deadly cargo of debris. The best response to any sign of flash flooding is to move immediately and quickly to higher ground.

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