HUBER HEIGHTS — High water has forced the closure of several roads in Montgomery County.
Rip Rap Road in Huber Heights is also closed and Rip Rap Park are flooded by waters of the Great Miami River. Drivers heading east on Little York Road from Vandalia are being forced to turn around at Johnson Station Road.
This video shows waters of the Great Miami River rushing under the bridge at the juncture of Johnson Station, Little York, and Rip Rap Roads.
The Dayton area has had several days of rainfall which has led to closures of several roads in the region.
All five dams controlled by the Miami Conservancy District (MCD) are storing floodwaters, according to a press released issued by the district. Storage at the dams begins when the water rises above the concrete openings in the dams.
Taylorsville Dam, which sits just east of Vandalia and north of Huber Heights, controls water levels in the Great Miami River.
“Staff has been closing floodgates as necessary; and monitoring levees, dams, and relief wells,” said Kurt Rinehart, MCD chief engineer. “The flood protection system is working as designed.”
MCD closed floodgates in several cities over the past few days. These include:
- Residential and industrial areas north of Ash Street and east of Main Street in Piqua.
- Hobart Arena and Troy City Park in Troy.
- Residential and industrial areas near Soldiers Home Road in West Carrollton.
- A commercial area at the south end of Middletown.
- Miami University Hamilton Campus and an industrial/commercial complex in Hamilton.
“We receive calls from people concerned that closing the floodgate will potentially flood their neighborhood somehow,” Rinehart says. “It’s important to remember that closing a floodgate has no impact on river levels, MCD dams or the floodplain. The only impact is the prevention of river water backing up into a city if we didn’t close a floodgate.”
Water levels in the retarding basins behind Germantown and Lockington dams have peaked. Water levels at Taylorsville and Huffman dams are expected to peak later today while water levels at Englewood Dam are expected to peak tomorrow.
The MCD flood protection system is designed to protect to the 1913 flood level plus 40 percent. During the Great Flood of 1913, the region received between 9 – 11 inches of rain between March 23 and 25.