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June 5, 2019 - Those affected by the recent flooding who have experienced flood-related damages in the City of Chillicothe or Livingston County are asked to report the damages to the city or county, depending on where the damage occurred. Those inside the city limits of Chillicothe should call city hall with a brief description of the damage and current contact information. Those living outside the city limits in Livingston County should call the courthouse with a a brief description of the damage and current contact information. Those affected are encouraged to report damage starting June 3 during office hours. Once a list of damage has been complied, the city and county will reach out to federal authorities for assistance through FEMA.

Emergency Operations Center Opens
By Angie Talken, C-T
May 31, 2019

As flooding in most of the area is ongoing and almost constantly changing, the Livingston County Emergency Operations Center has been opened. Livingston County Presiding Commissioner, Ed Douglas, said that everyone is being advised to stay off of the roads unless travel is absolutely needed. Douglas noted that due to the number of and constant change in road conditions, the operations center and staff will not be able to issue a list of all of the road closings due to the constant changes in road closings. However, he said for road updates citizens should call the center at 660-646-2139.


Flood waters overtook most routes in and out of Chillicothe by Thursday morning. Law enforcement noted there were a few routes still open; however, some of those were also in danger of closing due to rising waters. [HONI BROWN/CT PHOTO]

On Thursday, May 30, Livingston County Sheriff's Office administrative offices closed at noon, partially in an effort to help staff areas of the county that may be hard to reach due to the flooding.

On May 29, area officials from Livingston County, local townships, and Chillicothe met at the Chillicothe Department of Emergency Services and discussed plans in place for emergency situations around the county. "We have emergency plans in place to utilize area first responders, law enforcement and EMT/Paramedics residing in rural areas along with area agencies, MSHP and Life Flight will assist should emergency situation arise," Sheriff Cox said in a press release following the meeting. "The local emergency dispatch center has been bombarded with calls. Please be patient; and instead of calling dispatch for routine questions, check for updates on Facebook for the Livingston County Sheriff's Office, Chillicothe Police and/ or Chillicothe Department of Emergency Services, along with local media. We understand and share your concerns but we will get through this."

Douglas added that anyone wishing to find out about the status of a certain road should either call the Emergency Operations Center at 660-646-2139 or check local law enforcement and City of Chillicothe social media sites for the latest up-to-date information.

NOTE: The Emergency Operations Center has been opened in Chillicothe. Anyone needing to find out about the status of a road should either call the Emergency Operations Center at 660-646-2139 or check local law enforcement and City of Chillicothe social media sites for the latest up-to-date information. Please do not call emergency phone numbers for road status checks - call the operations center phone number. Anyone needing shelter due to being unable to leave the Chillicothe area because of flooding should also call the center as arrangements have been made to provide shelter and food for those in need.


Grand River / Photo Adam Mast Productions

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