Wednesday, March 19, 1997
Damage report

Summary of infrastructure damage in the Tristate and southern Ohio:


Adams County

Water main breaks spoiled water quality for several days. About 90 customers lost water service temporarily, and about 30 customers were out of service for more than a week. Damages were estimated at $58,000.

Manchester High School, where a temporary U.S. Post Office and Red Cross Shelter were set up, lost $85,000 in textbooks. Another $100,000 will be needed to restore school operations, officials said. A sewage treatment plant at the school experienced $15,000 in losses.

County and township highway and bridge repairs are projected at $18 million to $20 million.

Athens County

The Trimble Local School District expects bills of $7,000 for supplies and equipment.

Brown County

Projected damages to county and township roads and bridges at $3 million. An estimated 50 miles of roadway received varying degrees of damage from total washout to eroded shoulders and minor asphalt loss, said Jim Beasley, county engineer.

Flood damages came in the first hours as creek headwaters swept through valleys and washed away all anything in the path of the torrent. ''Asphalt and road beds were torn away,'' said Jim Ferguson, a Brown County commissioner.
The Eagle Creek Covered Bridge, formerly on the National Register of Historical Places, was swept away by a flash flood in the creek.

About 200 Brown County residents were without water Tuesday - not because their homes were flooded, but because mudslides ripped out water lines serving their homes.

Repairing the damaged water mains will cost more than $100,000, said Delmar Pullins, general manager of the Brown County Rural Water Association.

In the Eastern Local School District, Russellville Elementary and Ash Ridge Elementary will need $5,000 to clean buildings. The Ripley-Union-Lewis Local School District had an estimated $30,000 in damages at administrative offices and $30,000 at the elementary school.

Clermont County

In Clermont County, well heads were covered by 8 feet of flood water, said Kermit Acord, general manager of the Tate-Monroe Water Association.

The system suffered $50,000 to $75,000 damage. The good news: the wells were sealed and repeated tests have found no bacteria in drinking water samples, Mr. Acord said.

County engineers estimate that landslides caused an estimated $640,000 damage to roads, including:

  • Shinkles Ridge Road, Franklin Township, large landslide, $250,000.

  • Neville Penn Schoolhouse Road, Washington Township, two small landslides, $27,500.

  • Clermontville-Laurel Road, Monroe Township, small landslide, $2,500.

  • Clermontville-Laurel Road, Monroe Township, medium landslide, $150,000.

  • Bartlow Road, Franklin Township, small landslide, $2,500

  • Felicity Cedron Rural Road, Franklin Township, two small landslides, $5,000.

  • Felicity Cedron Rural Road, Franklin Township, medium landslide, $100,000.

  • Nine Mile Road, Pierce Township, small landslide, $2,500.

  • Locust Corner Road, Pierce Township, medium landslide, $100,000.

The PUB (Pierce Union Batavia) Treatment Plant in Pierce Township sustained damage, but county officials have not put a price tag on that loss, according to county officials.

The Nine Mile Road Waste Treatment Plant, also in Pierce Township, sustained an estimated $20,000 damage.

Felicity-Franklin Local School District has a new elementary school under construction that sustained undetermined damage to the electrical system. Bottled water and cost of clean-up projected at $6,500 in the system.

The New Richmond Exempted Village School District received $170,000 in damages: with harm to the administrative offices and first floor library where carpeting is expected to cost $10,000.

A gymnasium floor was damaged with $25,000 to repair or replace. Other damage: heating and air conditioning, $10,000; elevator, $15,000; textbook replacement, $60,000; clean-up and shelter use, $30,000; school bus garage, clean-up and repairs: $15,000 to $20,000. A new garage out of the flood plain is projected to cost $1 million.

Gallia County

Gallia County Local School District faces $8,500 in lost textbooks, food and supplies. A Gallipolis City School District athletic facility was too muddy to inspect but extensive damage is inspected.

Hamilton County

County roads are not extensively damaged, said Ted Hubbard, chief deputy engineer for the Hamilton County engineer's office. Debris clearing cost $33,566.

Three townships were most affected: Anderson, Miami and Whitewater, Mr. Hubbard said. Major roadways that needed clearing include Kellogg Avenue, Kilby Road and Lawrenceburg Road.

Clean-up of Cinergy Field is nearly complete, said Suzanne Burck, Hamilton County stadium coordinator, because of flooding to the parking lot, first garage level and service entrance. Several automatic entrance gates to parking areas are not working and may need to be replaced.

Escalators from the first floor parking garage were under water and no longer work. Ms. Burck said they will be repaired before baseball season starts. The ballfield itself remained dry during the flood because a system of pumps removed the water from the field before it dampened the artificial turf installed this winter.

Jackson County

The Jackson City School District had six buildings damaged including administrative offices and the food service facility. The buildings are: Jackson High School, Lick Middle School, Franklin Elementary School and Jackson Elementary School.

The system must spend $45,000 for computers, $25,000 for building damages; $55,000 for textbooks, instructional materials and janitorial supplies; $7,000 in cleaning. Wellston City School District sustained $7,500 in damages for carpeting; $15,000 in playground equipment.

Lawrence County

The Rockhill Local School District had minor damage to Rockhill Elementary School. The Symmes Valley Local School District had $25,000 in damage.

Scioto County

An estimated 70 county, village, township and state roads were damaged by high water. About $15 million to $25 million in infrastructure damage occurred to road systems from mudslides, landslides, culvert washouts and bridge wash-aways, undermining of roads and washouts, said Kim Campbell, emergency management director for Scioto County.

The Clay Local School District: Clay High School had extensive damage. Repairs, if possible, are projected at $1 million and a new school estimated at $8 million, officials said.

The New Boston Local School District, $95,000 in damage to athletic facilities and estimated $5,000 to Oak Street Elementary School. Northwest Local School District, office supplies, textbooks, school buildings, buses and athletic building, $4,000.

Portsmouth City School District, $2,000 in damage at Lincoln Elementary School. At Washington-Nile Local School District, damages to schools and buses totaled $75,000.

Vinton County

At the Vinton County Local School District, a joint vocational school received $40,000 in damages; Hamden Elementary had $2,000 in damages with $1,000 more for clean-up costs.



Village sewer plant submerged with undetermined damages. Culverts and and streets damaged throughout the village. Dollar estimate not available.


At Three Rivers Local School District, the Meredith Hitchens Elementary School received $170,000 in damages: eight classrooms, $80,000; the cafeteria and kitchen, $20,000; custodial room, $15,000; cleaning and hauling of debris, $25,000; damaged playground, $30,000; bus garage, $10,000.

Anderson Township

Costs are undetermined but damage from flooding occurred on turf on 158 acres under water at Kellogg, Clear Creek and Riverside Parks and Little Miami Fields. Structures at Riverside and equipment at Kellogg Park were also damaged.


About two miles of this Clermont County village's streets were damaged, and Mayor Jane Snell estimates a $25,000 price tag on repairs.


Cincinnati City School District, Project Succeed Academy in Cincinnati Public Schools has flooded basement and grounds, $20,000. Debris removal cost from county roadways for the Hamilton County Engineer's Office is estimated at $34,000.


Damage to sewer lift station, police department and mayor's office water damage. Landslides damaged Front Street and access road to park boat dock. Fencing lost to city park. Dollar estimate not available.

Monroe Township

The township's culverts took a beating, with large pieces of debris blocking the flow in the storm sewers. It was unclear whether the culverts sustained permanent damage, said Township Trustee Bill Havens.

Dry Run Road was damaged after rains washed out the gravel road.

In all, it will cost an estimated $10,000 for infrastructure repairs, Mr. Havens said.


The village's maintenance and adminstration buildings were knee-high in water from the floods, but damage was minimal, said Village Administrator Greg Newcomer.

Most of the equipment had been taken out of the maintenance building, whose first floor was covered in 5 feet of water. Paneling and cabinets at the 2nd Street building were a casualty of that mess, Mr. Newcomer said.

Three feet of water filled the administration building, 79 Elizabeth St., ruining carpeting, drywall and furniture.

Village roads were damaged, largely by heavy equipment used to move residents to higher ground, Mr. Newcomer.

Road damages were being assessed, but Mr. Newcomer estimated that repairs to roads and other public property damaged in the flood will cost $100,000.


Mayor Mike Christopher said it's likely that the village's infrastructure fared much better than the residents. The roadways, parks and other public property are drying out, but much work is ahead for most of the 200-plus residents who were touched by the flood.

The mayor's office, in the basement of the Neville United Methodist Church, was destroyed. As luck would have it, he moved paperwork and equipment to his home before the flood waters reached his office. But eventually, his mobile home was hit by the back waters, destroying it and its contents.

The cost of repairs to the basement office, which the village rents from the church, were not available.

New Richmond

New Richmond's own water and sewer plants were damaged by the flood, said David Kennedy, village administrator. Flood waters got into the storage areas of both plant buildings, housing tools and motor parts. Each plant sustained an estimated $10,000 damage, Mr. Kennedy said.

In addition, the utilities office and police department on the first floor of the Village Hall, 102 Willow St., sustained water damage. Furniture, walls and carpeting were damaged, and officials estimate the cost at $25,000 to $30,000.

Although officials are still assessing the damage, flood waters destroyed everything from office equipment to chairs at the fire department building, 104 Market St.. Damages could cost upward of $10,000 to $15,000.

The village's Emergency Medical Services building at 300 Hamilton St., which houses the village's ambulances and emergency medical personnel, also was hit by the flood, said Ramona Carr, EMS chief for the village.

Waters destroyed a washer and dryer in the building, as well as a lawn mower and tools in the shed, she said. The damage was estimated at $10,000.

Village officials continue to look at the toll from the water, mud and debris took on the sidewalks and roads. ''Clearly some of our lower streets (by the river) were in bad shape, and this made it worse,'' Mr. Kennedy said.

But the overall damage to the infrastructure, ranging from roads to the the village hall, is estimated at $200,000, Mr. Kennedy said.


Little Miami Golf Center near Newtown sustained $10,000 to $20,000 in damage from backwater. Some turf was damaged from water, silt and mud but workers were able to hose off greens and tees, according to Hamilton County Park District.

Pierce Township

While New Palestine was devastated by the waters in this township, local roads there sustained little damage, said Julia Sharp, Pierce Township zoning administrator.

''We did real well, except for the people and their homes that got flooded - they suffered a lot of damage.''


City Engineer Rick Duncan said water lines were washed out in outlying areas and estimated city infrastructure losses at $40,000. ''All of our damage came from the heavy rain before the flood,'' he said.


An estimated $150,000 in damages to sewer lines and lift stations, and about $150,000 in damages to roads, ditches and culverts on 25 streets in the town.

City building water damages projected at $20,000. Water line repair at Red Oak bridge estimated at $5,000. Debris removal and overtime undetermined. Total damages to public facilities in town expected to range from $500,000 to $600,000.

Washington Township

A 150-foot stretch of Bear Creek Road eroded from the rains, and repairs may cost an estimated $100,000, Village Administrator David Blackburn said.

Although debris littered the streets, roads and sidewalks, there was no permanent damage.


Estimates are not available but damage to Sanitation District No. 1, a three-county sewerage system, centers on six lift stations that were under water, said Jeff Eger, general manager of the district, which serves 70,000 customers.

Backflow filled sewer pipes with silt that will need to be removed with high-pressure hose. Other expenses included operation of 15 flood pump stations to remove water from river city areas.

Boone County

Minor road damage and road slippage at Ryle Road, Lower River Road and Bender Road where mud has clogged storm drains and will lead to reditching of berm areas.

Bracken County

Loss of the Walcott Covered Bridge on Ky. 1159, $30,000.

Campbell County

Three public buildings had flood damage: the Silver Grove Fire Department; A.J. Jolly Elementary, California, and Silver Grove School, K-12, 101 W. 3rd St. Damages were undetermined.

Carroll County

The Valley Haven Personal Care Home, an elementary school converted into housing for 20 mentally-challenged adults, received extensive damage when Eagle Creek flooded Sanders. A Carrollton maintenance facility received water damage when it was flooded.

Gallatin County

Minimal infrastructure damage from flooding.

Kenton County

''In Kenton County, there was very little damage of a public facility nature,'' said Robert Owens, Kenton County Disaster and Emergency Services director.

''I'd estimate $50,000 to $100,000. There was some losses at Pioneer Park in Covington area. The millions of dollars lost is in residences and businesses.''

Mason County

Road damage: Owl Hollow Road, $6,500; Taylor Mill Road, $5,000; Old covered bridge, Dover, Ky., $25,000; Lees Creek Road, $65,000; Valley Pike bridge, $60,000; Minerva-Tuckahoe, $30,000; Barrett Pike, $10,000; Tangletown Road, $2,000; South Ripley Road, $23,000; Clarks Run Road, $3,000; Brandywine Road, $10,000; Murphysville Road, $4,500; Lowell Road, $2,500; Johnson Lane, $2,500; Farmers Chapel Road, $2,000; Old Sardis Pike, $2,000; Parry Lane bridge, $60,000; Pyles Road, $5,000; Cabin Creek Road, $3,000.

Eighteen miles of gravel roads, $25,000. The total road damage is estimated at $346,000. The flood caused an estimated $100,000 in damage to bridge abutments. Total estimated infrastructure damage in Mason County is $455,000, said Judge Executive James L. Gallenstein.



Bracken Creek Road and Minerva Drive, $500,000; five sewer lift stations, $100,000; storm drains, $100,000; riverpark boat dock shelterhouse and boat slips, $80,000; gas main damage, $100,000; dumpsters and miscellaneous clean-up, $30,000.

''We're budgeted for certain amount for salaries and then something like this hits. Overtime is something that was not prepared for. FEMA will reimburse for those dollars,'' said Mayor Lou Habermehl, Jr.


A gas main was damaged from a landslide. Repairs are estimated at $20,000.


A preliminary damage estimate for the Falmouth water system is $100,000 to $200,000, water plant engineer Mike Turner said. And that dosen't count flood related problems that show up months from now.

Pendleton County Public Library Director Janie Harter estimated that losses from the the flooded library will top $750,000 for books, furnishings and damages to the building. A relief fund has been established: Pendleton County Public Library, C/O Janie Harter, 228 Main Street, Falmouth, Kentucky, 451040.

The city lost three police cars at $20,000 each; the city building, police station, fire department and ambulance center damages estimated to exceed $850,000. The water system received about $200,000 in damages.


Undetermined vandalism damage to floodwall and riverwalk.

Silver Grove

Water in city hall was up to 1 inch from ceilings, but officials were able to save records, the computer and copier. Furniture and other losses expected to total $20,000, said Clerk Kay Wright. The Silver Grove Independent School district needs to repaint one classroom.


Indiana public school buildings escaped serious damage, said Jeff Zaring, state board of education administrator, and infrastructure losses were minimal. ''We had kids coming out in boat to meet school buses. In most cases school went on,'' he said.


The Police Department, on Third Street, sustained water damage to the floor estimated by Police Chief Noel Houze at $4,500.

Flood waters also reached two other Aurora offices: the Fire Company on Third Street, and the Aurora utilities office on Main Street, Chief Houze said.

Lesko Park, next to the river, water damage to three picnic shelters and to the restrooms. Several picnic tables destroyed.

Dearborn County

Damage at the fairgrounds, in Lawrenceburg, had not been assessed. However, the fairgrounds flood often.

Bill Black Jr., deputy director Dearborn County Emergency Management, wasn't aware of any washed out roads or damaged floodwalls. But, he said: ''We haven't got all the reports back yet.''

Switzerland County

Information is slow in coming in and damage assessment crews are still out, but Gary Wentworth, emergency management director, wasn't aware of any serious damage to roads or governmental entities.