Saturday, September 28, 2002

Heavy rain causes trouble in Tristate

By The Cincinnati Enquirer

[photo] A firefighter walks by Rose's Antiques in Lockland after rain caused the roof to collapse. No one was injured, but nearly all of the store's inventory, valued at about $100,000, was destroyed.
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        The remnants of Hurricane Isidore's wrath should be long gone this morning, leaving Greater Cincinnatians with sunnier skies and temperatures in the mid-70s.

        A chance of showers is expected next week; but until then, you can say goodbye to the blustery winds and rain that wreaked havoc for area residents.

        The rains were especially bad overnight Friday. At about 2:45 a.m., Mohamad Samatar, 45, of west Ontario, Canada, flipped his tractor-trailer in the northbound lanes of Interstate 75 in Covington. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

        A roof leak at Middletown Regional Hospital caused officials to cancel two of 21 scheduled surgeries.

        Also on Friday, Monroe Schools let out after a couple of hours in the morning because of a power outage.

        And the roof of Rose's Antiques, a shop on West Wyoming Avenue in Lockland, collapsed after a water buildup.

        Rain on Thursday and Friday totaled 3.63 inches, boosting the monthly total to 4.87 inches. That total is 2.32 inches more than the monthly average.

        The months of June, July and August had below-normal rain levels that led to drought conditions.


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