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Heavy rainstorm closes Deeds Road for 12 weeks

HEBRON – A very heavy rainstorm that stalled over central Union Township Tuesday night exposed a 15-foot wide metal culvert under Deeds Road. The raging Ramp Creek tore out a nearly 25-foot wide section of the township roadway.

Licking County Engineer Jared Knerr told Union Township Trustee Charles Prince Wednesday morning that the culvert’s size makes it the county’s responsibility to replace it. The metal culvert is failing and Knerr expects it will be replaced with a larger capacity concrete box culvert. Deeds Road will likely be closed for 12 weeks just west of 1898 Deeds Road.

The break in the roadway was reportedly discovered by a motorist driving east on Deeds Road in flood waters covering the roadway when the vehicle’s left front tire dropped into the deep hole. The driver was able to back away from the 20-foot plus drop-off, avoiding serious injury or death from being swept down the raging creek. That close call clearly illustrates the danger of driving through floodwaters, particularly after dark.

The National Weather Service at Wilmington, Ohio, said radar estimates 1.5-1.75 inches of rain fell in a two-hour period (around 9:30 to 11:30 p.m.) Tuesday night.

A nearly two-hour downpour Tuesday night blew out a 15-foot culvert under Deeds Road and exposed a 4-inch Energy Cooperative gas line. County highway workers are removing an uprooted tree that could have fallen on the plastic gas line. The roadway will be closed for at least 12 weeks while the failing metal culvert is replaced with a concrete box culvert. Beacon photo by Charles Prince.





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