LEWIS CENTER, Ohio — With snow on the way this weekend, and four inches of rain expected next week, some Central Ohioans are getting winter weather weary.
At Cheshire Market near Alum Creek Lake, they were selling out of ice fishing supplies last week. Now Andy Wrzyszczynksi, a jovial clerk at the store said business has slowed down with the rain.
“We can’t take anymore rain. I got a yard, my backyard is like a sponge with too much water,” Wrzyszczynksi said. “I hope it breaks, so we can start thinking about spring. It’s not that far away.”
At Alum Creek Dam, the US Army Corps of Engineers said they are keeping the gates closed for now. Sylvia Cleft, Resource Manager said they have been watching the water levels closely. “We went ahead and reduced our outflow which is the amount we are releasing all the way down to minimum so what we are releasing is not impacting downstream.”
Cleft said their primary mission is flood damage reduction.
“As of 2016 Alum Creek Lake has reduced downstream damages by $186 million.”
At Gahanna’s Creekside restaurants and shops, customers watched Big Walnut Creek continue to rise. Signs were posted to warn people the popular trails were closed. Ken Eichman took his dog for a nature walk and was surprised at how fast the water was moving. Eichman was also happy to see some sunshine even though temperatures had dropped considerably. “l would take this over the rain and sixty we had for the past couple days any day.”
Alum Creek Dam is only releasing a small amount of water now. The lake is expected to crest Sunday, so workers may be able to open the gates then. Gates are also closed at Delaware Lake and Hoover Dam.