MIAMI COUNTY — Based off of this summer’s wet weather, there is a good chance of a student writing about building an ark as their “what I did over the summer” back-to-school essay.
June and July in Dayton and around the Miami Valley has seen a heavy amount of rainfall hit the area. Last month the Great Miami River rose 7 feet above its normal levels, which caused several main thoroughfares in Dayton to be shut down.
This past month’s flooding has not been as severe, but has been a constant throughout Miami County.
The Miami Conservancy District focuses on protecting areas that would be impacted the Great Miami River flooding, which includes Tipp City, Troy and Piqua in Miami County.
Manager of Water Resource Monitoring Mike Ekberg said the downtown areas are protected by the levies around them, and that for the most part there has not been a lot of damage reported from the flooding.
“The Englewood Dam protects the downstream, so even if it rains nonstop and fills the dam to its fullest capacity, the area as a whole should not be affected,” he said.
Some of the heaviest rainfall came last year, during the May 2014 monsoon that flooded many residential areas in Tipp City, along County Road 25-A and lead to I-75 being shut down when the water got onto the highway.
Sue Roberts of Tipp Monroe Community Services in Tipp City referred to last’s year rainfall — which produced 5 inches of rain in an hour — as being phenomenal, but said this year has not posed any issues.
“We’ve received no phone calls about anyone experiencing damage to their homes,” she said. “Most of the flooding and high water in the county are in normal areas. Last year a lot of the water was hitting abnormal areas, which made the flooding worse than this year.”
Rainfall is predicted on and off throughout the coming week.