Sunday, May 11, 2003

Flooding forces some to evacuate

3-6 inches of rain pours down on Tristate

By Susan Vela
The Cincinnati Enquirer

[IMAGE] Kay Kleinholz tries to dry out family photos from the basement of Joyce and Lonnie Lynch, of Delhi Township,
(Ernest Coleman photo)
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There was no better way to say it Saturday: When it rained, it poured.

Streets flooded, making travel treacherous. Cars were abandoned on roadways, about 25,000 homes lost power and some 100 families in Delhi Township and Fairfax evacuated their homes because of flooded basements.

"Can you imagine a 22-inch TV floating in water?" said Claudette Murray outside a shelter that was set up for flood victims in Delhi Township. Like many across the Tristate, the Westwood woman's nerves were frayed by the buzz of severe weather warnings on her radio.

The National Weather Service reported that 3 to 6 inches of rain fell in Hamilton and Clermont counties in Ohio, and Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties in Kentucky. At Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, 2.51 inches fell, the most in one day this year.

Dry but cloudy weather is expected for today. Because of a cold front moving in from the west, temperatures will dip into the mid-60s, about 10 degrees lower than Saturday.

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