Mary Alice Reporting:

(Saturday, September 8th) Tuscarawas County, Ohio – Officials are watching this weekend’s weather forecast and are sending a safety reminder since heavy rain and flooding is expected.

Expected rainfall amounts may vary as weather patterns change, but the National Weather Service is projecting that the Tuscarawas Valley may see between 4 to 6”.

County Emergency Management Agency Director Alex McCarthy explains the rainfall is remnants of tropical storm Gordon and there’s a possibility the local area may see flash flooding or river flooding.

“One thing we want to encourage people to do is that if they’re out driving Saturday night into Sunday and they see areas where water has ponded up on roads or if it’s even moving over roads, please do not attempt to drive through it. It puts you at risk, as well as first responders who would try to go out and help you.”

<p>McCarthy adds that if motorists see a roadway flooded or beginning to, to contact the Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s Office non-emergency at 330-339-2000 so the proper department can be notified to place high flooding alert signs.

Residents are encouraged to listen to local radio stations for weather alerts and to follow the Tuscarawas EMA and the National Weather Service on Facebook for updates.

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