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COLUMBUS – Activation of Franklinton Floodwall Prompts Road Closures and Safety Reminders


Columbus, Ohio – As the Franklinton Floodwall on Greenlawn Ave. and Harmon Ave. is activated, several roadways are set to close to ensure public safety amidst rising water levels. The closures include Harmon Ave. between Hart Rd. & Frank Rd., and Greenlawn Ave. between Harmon Ave. & I-71. Additionally, the exit ramps from I-71 north and south to Greenlawn Ave. will be inaccessible.

With ongoing concerns over high waters and the forecast predicting further rainfall, authorities stress the importance of adhering to safety guidelines to minimize risks to residents and commuters. Here are some crucial safety tips to remember:

  1. Stay Informed: Stay updated with local news and weather reports, and follow official social media channels for real-time updates on road closures and safety advisories.
  2. Avoid Flooded Areas: Never attempt to drive, walk, or swim through flooded areas. Even shallow-looking water can be deeper and more hazardous than it appears, posing a significant risk to individuals and vehicles alike.
  3. Respect Road Closures: Obey road closure signs and find alternate routes if necessary. Attempting to bypass roadblocks not only endangers yourself but also hampers the efforts of emergency responders.
  4. Turn Around, Don’t Drown: If you encounter a flooded roadway, turn around and find another route. It’s better to err on the side of caution than to risk driving through potentially dangerous waters.
  5. Prepare an Emergency Kit: Ensure you have an emergency kit readily available, stocked with essentials such as water, non-perishable food, flashlights, batteries, and a first aid kit, in case you become stranded.

Accompanying the safety reminders are images taken today near Griggs Reservoir and North Bank Park, illustrating the impact of the rising water levels.

By heeding these safety precautions and remaining vigilant, residents can navigate through the challenges posed by flooding with greater safety and preparedness.