East Side I-270 interchange closed due to high water, flash flood warning issued

On the city’s East Side, many inches of rain fell in less than two hours, causing major flooding problems.

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for eastern and southeastern Franklin County until 3 p.m. Tuesday.

According to the meteorological service, two to four and a half inches of rain fell in certain parts of the county in less than two hours, with four to four and a half inches falling in some areas of Blacklick and Reynoldsburg.

As storms develop on Tuesday, another one to two inches of rain may fall.

On the city’s East Side, the exit ramps from Interstate 270 southbound to Interstate 70 in both directions have been closed due to excessive water. Near Downtown, the ramp from I-70 westbound to Miller and Kelton avenues is also blocked.

Waggoner Road and Brice Road are both blocked owing to high water, and numerous side streets, especially in the Blacklick region, are seeing high water levels.

Northern Fairfield and western Licking counties are also likely to be impacted by the rain.

According to Seth Binau of the National Weather Service in Wilmington, the eastern portion of Franklin County has received between six and seven inches of rain in the last 24 hours, owing mostly to isolated, slow-moving storms.

“That’s approximately a month and a half of rain in around 24 hours,” he added.

These kinds of storms, according to Binau, are common at this time of year when weak frontal systems collide with tropical moisture moving north. According to him, moisture from Tropical Depression Fred has moved north from the southern parts of the nation, resulting in rainfall in the eastern section of Franklin County due to a weak frontal system.

Rainfall from what’s left of Fred is expected to travel east of Franklin County and into eastern Ohio, according to current forecasts, according to Binau.

Drivers are advised not to attempt to cross roadways with high water levels.

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