3 Killed in Flash Floods in Ohio

Three people – a mother and two of her children – died in flash floods in Ohio late on Saturday 18 July 2015. The floods swept away the family’s mobile home in Ripley, Brown County, after the nearby Redoak Creek flooded.

Rescue teams responded to the emergency and carried out searches throughout the night. Three other members of the family – the father and two sons – were rescued and taken to hospital.

The mobile home of the family was dragged off its foundations and swept along the flood waters of the swollen creek.

The floods came after a torrential downpour that drenched Brown County. Associated Press report that around 4 inches of rain fell in the space of a few hours.

Local Nation Weather Service office at Wilmington, Ohio, issued a flash flood warning in advance of the heavy rainfall. Via a social media message, the warning said:

“[11:37 PM] Watch out for lightning & heavy rain. Flash Flood Warning for S. Brown Co. until 2:15 AM”

Heavy rainfall over Brown County, Ohio. Image: NWS / NOAA
Heavy rainfall over Brown County, Ohio. Image: NWS / NOAA

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Ohio and Kentucky – Flood Disasters Hit Two Mobile Home Communities in 1 Week

The tragic deaths of three mobile home residents in Ripley, Ohio, follow the recent deaths of 4 people killed in flash floods in a mobile home community in Johnson County, Kentucky.

Local police confirmed on Saturday 18 July 2015, that the body of a missing man who had been swept away by flash flooding in the area around Flat Gap, Johnson County, was found by a rescue crews. The man had been missing since 14 July and is the last person considered missing due to the floods.

Inadequate anchoring and foundations, such as poorly installed piers, stabilizers and tie-downs, as well as thin construction, can make mobile homes vulnerable to strong, fast-moving flood water.

Mobile home flood damage. Photo by  Aaron Hiler , under Creative Commons
File photo – Mobile home flood damage. Photo by Aaron Hiler, under Creative Commons