More rain in store for weekend as flooding concerns continue

Flooding at northbound I-75 at Ohio 4 interchange.

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Flooding at northbound I-75 at Ohio 4 interchange.

Rain has fallen 36 of the last 51 days in the Dayton area, leaving those cleaning up from tornadoes and flooding — or those wanting to watch the air show — hoping for some dry time this weekend.

Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs’ forecast offers some periods without rain Saturday and Sunday, but neither day will be completely dry.

“This weekend will come with rounds of showers and storms at times,” she said.

As of now, most of Saturday should remain dry with the chance of an afternoon shower or storm, mainly to the west. More storms will move in Saturday night. Highs on Saturday will warm to the upper 70s.

Vrydaghs said Sunday will come with the chance for a few showers in the morning that should end early. More showers and storms are expected to return late in the day, or at night. Highs will be in the middle 80s.

The wet weather could continue into the early part of next week. Monday will be mostly cloudy, warm, muggy and windy with the chance of a few more showers or storms, Vrydaghs said. Highs will be in the middle 80s.

The region — still reeling from the heavy damage from the tornadoes that hit late Memorial Day evening — this week dealt with widespread rain that caused the National Weather Service to issue flood warnings, watches and advisories to several counties.

Torrential downpours Wednesday night caused dangerous conditions in northern Miami Valley areas, particularly Auglaize, Champaign, Logan, Mercer and Shelby counties.

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Mary Rutan Hospital’s emergency department in Bellefontaine reopened early Thursday after flooding forced the ER to close and transfer patients to other hospitals Wednesday night, a hospital representative said.

Five of the most critical care patients in the ER were transferred to area hospitals because of the partial flooding that sent several inches of water into some parts of the emergency department.

Some residents in Celina who were forced to relocate to temporary housing after Memorial Day tornado had to evacuate again because of the flooding.

“It’s just one after another, after another,” said Al Mast. “They say bad things happen in threes. Hopefully this is it.”

Mast referred to April flooding, the tornado and this week’s flooding.

Mast said he is tired from cleaning up his family business and repairing his home.

“At some point you’ve had enough, and the only way to get through it is just keep chugging along,” Mast said.

Water surrounded much of the Westlake Apartment complex, where

about a dozen tornado victims who already had lost their homes were living. Now Mother Nature has forced them out again.

“I’ve never seen this much water in spring or summer,” said Greg Correll.

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The air show, which starts Saturday and continues through Sunday, has been forced to make some adjustments because of the inclement weather.

The field normally used for spectator parking has been deemed unusable this year because of the rain. The former Emery/UPS Freight Facility located on Old Springfield Road north of the airport will be used as the alternate parking site.

Other events were affected in the region, as The Riverbend Music Center along the Ohio River east of Cincinnati postponed a Thursday evening show that was to feature country star Brantley Gilbert. The venue cited heavy rainfall and the rising river.

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