Nationwide has been informed by the Franklin County Emergency Management Authority that there is a possibility that parts of Columbus, including the Downtown area, may flood during the next few days. This is due to the rising waters of the Olentangy and Scioto rivers.
The Delaware dam, in Delaware County, is near capacity. It stands at 945 and maximum is 947.
The dam has begun a controlled release which is designed to alleviate the pressure on the dam without causing floods down stream.
The primary river that will get the water is the Olentangy.
If we get 1″ or more of rain today they will open the dam.
This will cause flooding in the Worthington/Mt. Aire area. They may be seeing flooding as early as this afternoon.
It will take at least 12 hours for the water to get downtown.
Worst case scenario:
The dam breaks under the pressure.
S/W Delaware County will be flooded as well as everything along the Olentangy for several miles.
Even though it’s about a 45 minutes to an hour away from me (depending on traffic), it’s still scary. I know people who live in that vicinity.
This rain is crazy. This weather is crazy. And now we’ll have all this water everywhere and the temperatures are supposed to drastically drop on Saturday.