Flooding leads to evacuations, shelters across Central Ohio

HEBRON, OH (WCMH) –The flash flooding prompted the City of Pataskala to begin mandatory evacuations around 4 this afternoon.

Laura Lowery said she left before those evacuations began.

“I opened my curtains and there was nothing but water all the way around my trailer,” said Lowery. “I just grabbed whatever clothes I could clean or dirty, put them on, and grabbed my purse then out the door.”


Many Pataskala residents were welcomed by thigh-high rushing water from a nearby.

Residents said one minute they were safe and the next they were not.

“I guess that’s why they call it a flash flood,” said Arnold Kesterson. “It was fast.”

The people who live in a mobile home community said they were completely caught off guard.

“Oh my gosh, this is unreal, very unreal,” said Donna Kesterston.

Deborah Gray added, “I didn’t dream it would be anything like this.”

Now many in this community have no place to go. The Red Cross is working in conjunction with local emergency agencies to help them out.

The Pataskala Fire Department will take the displaced families from their city to the Herbon Red Cross where they will be able to stay the night.

A second shelter has been opened at the Ridgeview Junior High School at 130 Hill Road South in Pickerington.

The Red Cross says anyone heading to the shelter should bring essential items, but they will be provided with warm meals and a dry place to sleep.

Officials say essential items include:

  • Prescriptions and emergency medications
  • Proof of residence
  • Extra clothing, pillows, blankets, hygiene supplies and other comfort items
  • Supplies needed for children and infants, such as diapers, formula and toys
  • Special items for family members who are elderly or disabled
  • Chargers for any electronic devices you bring with you
  • Books, games and other ways to entertain your family and yourself

Red Cross disaster assistance is free for those in need and made possible through donations of time and money. You can help by visiting redcross.ord/donate or by calling 1-800-REDCROSS.

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