Flash flood warning, power outages, wires down in parts of Butler County

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UPDATE 5:40 p.m.:

Afternoon storms tore through parts of the Butler County Fairgrounds damaging some tents, booths and rides but leaving no report of injuries.

The heavy downpour also caused some large tree branches to fall on the grounds and left water pooling in some areas.

The annual Butler County Fair is scheduled to start Sunday.

Elsewhere in Hamilton a house in the 1100 block of Schuler Ave. was partially struck by a tree during the storm but Butler County Sheriff dispatchers report no injuries.

UPDATE AT 4:45 p.m.:

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for Butler and Warren counties until 7:45 p.m.

While some backed up water has slowed traffic on some area roads, dispatchers report no traffic accidents due to flooding or rain slicked roads.

INITIAL REPORT:

This afternoon’s rain storms caused power outages and downed electrical wires in some areas of Butler County while near the Warren County border hundreds of homes suffered power outages.

Butler County sheriff’s dispatchers reported wires down on a chain link fence in the Parkamo community of Hamilton near Lincoln Ave.

And in Hamilton officials said “a power outage on the St. Clair Avenue circuit.”

“The following locations are without power the area bordered approximately by Dixie Highway, Hammond Boulevard, Hoadley Avenue, Bedford Avenue and Tiffin Avenue areas. All necessary personnel have been dispatched and restoration efforts are underway,” said officials with the city’s electric department.

Power is also out in homes on Greenwood, Vine, Reservoir, Elaine streets and surrounding areas, officials reported.

They advised the public to “please stay away from downed power lines and anything with which they come in contact, especially metal fences. If you see a downed power line please call 911. Treat every downed power line as if it is energized.”

About 60 homes are reported without power in Fairfield, according to Duke Energy.

Along the western border of Warren and Butler County, more than 940 homes in the Mason and Deerfield Township are without electricity.

Wires were also reported arcing near Whitey’s Tavern in Trenton.

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