High water strands motorists, creates dangerous driving conditions

There were numerous reports of flooded roadways Thursday afternoon after thunderstorms with heavy rainfall rolled through the region.

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The Dayton Fire Department said several motorists were stranded in high water in downtown Dayton, where there also were reports at 4 p.m. of standing water measuring 15 inches on the roadway, according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington.

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Dryden Road and multiple neighborhood streets in Moraine were flooded, and the Dayton Police Department announced on social media that high water was covering Linden Avenue near Davis Avenue and Smithville Road near Cleveland Avenue. Torrence Street in Dayton also was under water.

Drivers should use extreme caution when approaching high water, particularly when passing under bridges and overpasses.

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Multiple flash flood warnings, and flood advisories are in effect across the region, issued by the National Weather Service in Wilmington.

Most flood deaths occur in vehicles, which is why experts say drivers should turn around when encountering flooded roads.

Credit: Marshall Gorby

Credit: Marshall Gorby

In addition to flooded roadways, thousands lost power as storms knocked down trees and power lines.

Trees were reported on roadways across the region, including on West Whipp Road in Washington Twp. and John Glenn Road, Modena Street and Greenbrier Drive in Dayton.

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