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Roads in Russells Point remain closed

Certain Russells Point roadways remain closed nearly a week after heavy rainfall and snow melt caused the Great Miami River to spill its banks and flood portions of Russells Point.

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A large oak tree toppled Saturday onto an outbuilding on property owned by Bill Davis along County Road 21. High winds damaged property in the Bloom Center area. Rainfall associated with that storm resulted in extensive flooding in Russells Point, where some roads remain closed. (PHOTO | BILL DAVIS)

Standing water and debris are keeping Bristol Circle and Sunnyside Avenue closed to motorists, Russells Point Police Chief Joe Freyhof said today.

Water has receded along Lake and Grand avenues, and those streets are open to traffic, however, some residual ice lingers as the pavement thaws and re-freezes.

Village officials are still compiling damage estimates, the chief said. Several large metal trash bins likely will be needed to help clean up debris left over from flood-impacted areas. Cornstalks floating in from neighboring fields are a particular problem, the chief said.

First responders and local law enforcement assisted multiple families to evacuate their homes Sunday night in the 100 and 200 blocks of Bristol Circle and Sunnyside avenues. A flat-bottomed jon boat was utilized to help four families to dry land.

Three other families in that area already had left, Chief Freyhof said.

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Bellefontaine Street Department Superintendent Donn Volbrecht pushes ice from County Road 32 with a front end loader Thursday after temperatures rose into the 30s. He was hoping his efforts would alleviate flooding along the road near the Logan County Sheriff’s Office complex. A similar problem exists in Russells Point where Lake and Grand Avenues have re-opened to motorists but are still subject to thawing and re-freezing. (EXAMINER PHOTO | JOEL E. MAST)

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