High water results in emergency in central Ohio

NEW LEXINGTON, Ohio (AP) — Flood watches are in effect in a number of central Ohio counties after days of rain left some areas under water and others at risk.

Authorities in Perry County southeast of Columbus had declared an emergency Tuesday morning with high water in the rural villages of Corning and Crooksville. Rail traffic was shut down through Crooksville.

Knox, Morrow and Richland counties in central Ohio are seeing high water and submerged roads. Some people had to be rescued by boat, and the Red Cross was involved with helping people who were displaced.

Flash flood watches were in effect until 8 p.m. in Franklin, Licking, Delaware, Hardin, Logan, Union, Pickaway, Fairfield and Hocking counties.

Weather officials said central Ohio has seen at least some rain every day for nearly two weeks.

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