Brad Gilbert, Wood County EMA director has issued the following advisory: The remnants of sub-tropical storm Alberto will move into Indiana today and impact Ohio. Periods of heavy rain will be possible late this afternoon into the overnight hours. Rain chances will continue on Thursday. Total rainfall through Friday morning will be 0.50” to 1.5” of rain in isolated areas. The SPC also has NW Ohio in the “Marginal” risk category for severe weather late this afternoon and evening. This storm system will allow for some rotation in the atmosphere that could cause an isolated brief tornado as well as damaging straight-line winds. Please monitor weather conditions today and into this evening.
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Brad Gilbert, Wood County EMA director has issued the following advisory: Forecast models are now indicating that a warm front will likely make it as far north as Central Wood County this afternoon, May 21, (originally forecasted to move no further north than Findlay this morning). As a result, the Storm Prediction Center has now included most of Wood County in the “Slight” risk category for severe weather this afternoon and evening. Damaging straight-line winds, hail, and heavy rainfall will be the primary threats; however, near and just south of the warm front will have the potential to develop some rotation and an isolated tornado. At this hour, showers and some thunderstorms are developing across Indiana. With the heating of the afternoon (and the more northerly position of the warm front), the atmosphere will destabilize and allow more thunderstorms to develop especially after 3:00 p.m. and into the evening hours. Please monitor weather conditions closely this afternoon and evening.
Brad Gilbert, Wood County EMA director has issued the following advisory: Scattered showers and thunderstorms will become possible this evening and then become likely overnight tonight into the morning hours of Thursday. If thunderstorms develop overnight tonight, widespread severe weather is not likely but there is an isolated chance of a stronger thunderstorm cell to move through the area. Thunderstorms Thursday morning may become strong to some isolated severe cells. The SPC has Wood County in the “Marginal” risk category for Thursday. An area of drier air may move into the area Thursday afternoon before more showers and thunderstorms move back into the area Thursday evening into early Friday morning.
Brad Gilbert, Wood County EMA director has issued the following advisory: The NWS has issued a Fire Weather WATCH from noon until 8 p.m. today. Very low humidity and a brisk southwest wind will create conditions that will support rapid growth of fires…specifically grass, brush, and field fires. The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) has placed NW Ohio in the “Marginal” (lowest) risk category for severe weather on Thursday, May 3. Thunderstorms that do develop do have a small chance to become strong to severe on Thursday.
Brad Gilbert, Wood County EMA director has issued the following weather advisory: Light to sometimes moderate rain will continue through the morning hours before tapering off early this afternoon. Colder temperatures will also be moving into the area today and will mix with more precipitation from another storm system moving across Southeast Ohio tonight and tomorrow morning. A wintry mix will be possible late tonight and into the drive times Thursday morning. Conditions may become slippery with some freezing rain and sleet. Higher chances of mixed precipitation will be to our southeast (Akron to Mansfield to Lima). At this hour, the Portage River is cresting around 10.77 feet which is minor flood stage. Because of the current rain, the crest will likely last a little longer than normal; however, no major increases in river levels are anticipated at this time. At this hour, the Maumee River at Grand Rapids continues to rise. Mayor Berry reports that flood prone areas such as the campgrounds and park are beginning to fill with water. Forecast models indicate the river cresting in the minor flood stage; however, a lot of rain has fallen in the upper Maumee River basin in Northeast Indiana, so we will need to continue to monitor the Maumee River for days to come. Another weaker storm system will impact the area Friday through Sunday with mostly rain; however, Friday morning may also see a wintry mix at times. Please use extra caution when driving Thursday and Friday mornings.
Brad Gilbert, Wood County EMA director has issued the following advisory: The next storm system will move into the area after midnight Thursday night/Friday morning. This will be a longer duration snowfall which will last through the early morning hours of Saturday. Heavier snow bands are likely by late Friday morning and into the afternoon hours. With the current projected path, the heavier snow (6”+ of new snow) will be north of the Maumee River and that area is currently under a Winter Storm WATCH. Areas south of the Maumee River (including Wood County) are currently forecasted to be in the 3”-5” range. Areas south of the Maumee River will likely have a Winter Weather ADVISORY issues by Thursday evening if the current forecasted storm path holds true. As the above information indicates, Wood County is very close to the heavier (6”+) forecasted snow area. With snowfall still 38 hours away and there is always the potential for a slight change in the forecasted path of the storm, everyone should be prepared for the potential of heavier snow from this storm system should a slight change to the south occur. It would only take 20 miles to the south of a change in the forecasted storm path to put Wood County into the heavier snow totals, so it is important to monitor local media and weather radios for the latest weather information over the next 48 hours. And yes, there is another likelihood of accumulating snow on Sunday…potentially heavier snowfall. Again, please check with local media and weather radios over the weekend for the latest information on Sunday’s storm system.
Brad Gilbert, Wood County EMA director has issued the following advisory: New data show snow totals for tomorrow to be about in-line with what we provided this morning with a slight tendency for maybe an addition inch especially more south and east in the county. Rain will change to freezing rain around sunrise then a change over to snow late morning and early afternoon. Heaviest snow rates will be in the mid afternoon hours. A Winter Weather Advisory will be in place for Friday. Please use extra caution when traveling on Friday.
By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News Officials from Rover Pipeline – the company with 19 Ohio EPA violations so far and $2.3 million in fines and damages – presented some checks Tuesday to help first responders. The $10,000 checks, “offered in goodwill by the company,” are going to the emergency management agencies in each of the 18 counties in Ohio being traversed by Rover pipeline. Wood County is one of those on the route. The funds are to be used to purchase new equipment or offer additional training . “We hope these funds will go toward emergency first responders,” Bill Barth, senior specialist for emergency response with Rover, said as he passed on the giant checks. “We look forward to working with you.” Wood County EMA Director Brad Gilbert is grateful for the funds, but he would just as soon not have to work on a pipeline incident. He may use the check from Rover to help put a state MARCs radio system in the sheriff’s dispatch center. The $10,000 donation will pay just a portion of the total $40,000 expense. “The pressure’s on them to do the right thing during construction and operations,” Gilbert said of the pipeline. “Hopefully we don’t need it for any issues with them.” However, Rover’s accident record isn’t exactly clean. The check presentations come on the heels of Rover Pipeline being cited for a 19th environmental violation. Most recently, the Ohio EPA cited Rover for spilling contaminants into the Mohican River in Ashland County. When questioned about the level of trust counties should have in Rover, the company’s communications specialist said the 19 citations are based on Ohio EPA’s definition of a violation. “We’re showing different data,” Alexis Daniel said Tuesday as the pipeline firm prepared to hand out the giant checks in the Wood County Courthouse atrium to the EMA directors from Wood, Hancock and Seneca counties. The Rover pipeline is being constructed through southern Wood County on its way from West Virginia to Ontario, Canada. Despite the Ohio EPA’s records, Daniel said Rover has “not had an abundance of spills.” “The environment is very important to us,” she said. “We’ve been pretty diligent in following all the extra requirements” that were put in place after the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission halted the pipeline work earlier this year. For more than four months, Rover had been under federal orders halting horizontal drilling at new Ohio locations due to numerous environmental violations. Among those was the release of more than two million gallons of industrial waste (drilling mud contaminated with diesel fuel) into a wetland in Tuscarawas County. The pipeline company subsequently dumped that same material into local quarries near sources for public drinking water. In this latest incident, the pipeline construction caused 200 gallons of bentonite-based drilling fluid to be released…
By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News As soon as Brad Gilbert entered the room, there were groans. The Wood County Emergency Management Agency director was not on the agenda, so his unexpected arrival at the Wood County Commissioners meeting this morning could only mean one thing. There were problems. They don’t call Gilbert the “grim reaper” for nothing. After 10 inches of rain in some areas of the county this week, the county was overwhelmed. And a revised report from the National Weather Service suggested that the problem would get worse before it got better. “They are predicting a major flood stage tonight into tomorrow morning,” Gilbert said. The biggest problems are being seen in Wayne, where storm sewers couldn’t keep up with the rain, and are expected next to hit Pemberville, where two branches of the Portage River come together in the downtown area. By time the water crests tonight or Friday morning, it will likely be in the basements of the downtown businesses, Gilbert said. Just this morning, Gilbert said, fire crews from Pemberville, Bradner and Wayne had to use a boat to rescue a woman from her home that was surrounded by high water along Ohio 281. “It’s an act of Mother Nature. There’s no way to control it,” he said. And after multiple consecutive days of heavy rains, especially in southern Wood County, the ditches and fields are their limits. “There’s no where for it to go,” Wood County Commissioner Doris Herringshaw said. The EMA office has been in contact with the Pemberville mayor and fire chief, and has been asked by Wayne officials for sandbags. “It’s too late for sandbags at this point,” Gilbert said. Plans have also been made with the American Red Cross. “The Red Cross is in place, ready to go if they are needed,” he said. On the other side of the county, the Maumee River is not threatening Grand Rapids, he added. “The village is in pretty good shape.” Pemberville and Grand Rapids are accustomed to their rivers flooding, but the problem is new to Wayne, which does not sit along a waterway. Gilbert surmised that the village’s aging storm sewer system may need cleaning. On Wednesday, Bowling Green officials warned residents about flooding issues. Because of the large amount of rain, storm water systems are at or nearing capacity, the city cautioned. Areas that normally do not flood may experience standing water or flood conditions. “During large rain events, roads sometimes act as areas of additional storm water retention to allow traditional retention areas, such as ditches and ponds, to drain and accommodate the additional water,” city officials stated. “When rain falls rapidly and heavily, as it has in recent days, it takes time for this water to enter the system. This is made increasingly difficult due to…