GREENE COUNTY — Heavy rains Wednesday evening forced emergency responders into action and damaged several Greene County roads and fields.
The Xenia Township Fire Department rescued three residents from Stover Drive after flash flooding swelled a nearby creek and trapped those residents in their home. The department responders used a boat to rescue the residents. Lieutenant Jay Leach, one of the responders on the call, estimated that the water was between four and six feet deep.
As of Thursday afternoon, Greene County Engineer Robert Geyer said that Grinell, Yellow Springs Fairfield and Dayton Yellow Springs Roads had been damaged. Geyer hoped that all damaged roads could be reopened by the end of Thursday, but said that all the underlying pavement needed to be fixed before that could happen.
According to Geyer, the damage occurred an hour or two after four inches of rain fell in the course of two hours.
Several area fields were also flooded by the sudden downpour, but the extent of that damage is unknown.
“I don’t know what kind of damage the farmers are going to be looking at from water sitting in the fields,” said Greene County Sheriff Gene Fischer. “A lot of the smaller creeks were well over the banks. We just hope that the sun comes out, dries this stuff up pretty good and that the crops get to growing the way they’re supposed to.”