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A pedestrian walks along Amanda Road in Middletown on Friday. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF
A pedestrian walks along Amanda Road in Middletown on Friday. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

Persistent rain and heavy winds are leading to soaked roadways, farming concerns and flash flood watches.

The National Weather Service had issued a flood advisory for northwestern Butler County until 2:30 p.m. Friday.

Rains are expected to continue through Saturday.

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Standing water on roadways is a concern for drivers, and AAA Public Affairs Manager Cindy Antrican said drivers should always avoid avoid standing water when possible.

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“The depth of standing water during a storm can be deceiving,” Antrican said. “Motorists should never drive through standing water at any depth. Should you be on the road and encounter standing water, your safest course of action is always to simply turn the car around and avoid it altogether.”

Along with standing water and flooding on roadways, homeowners should be aware because saturated grounds can lead to basement flooding.

Derron Oakley of Dry Patrol Dayton said basement flooding is commonly associated with sump pump failure.

Sump pumps sit below a home’s foundation and keeps water from leaking into your basement, Oakley said. For preventative measures, Oakley suggest checking on your sump pump regularly, as well as having a back up pump to alert you for potential pump failures.

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“I always recommend to people go down every so often — even in the summer — to check it and make sure it’s operational,” he said. “When you’re getting heavy rains like this, if they’re getting worked hard, they can overheat and shut off because they’re running continuously.”

Oakley also cautions homeowners when attempting to service a flooded basement. A flooded basement could mean electrical equipment submerged in water, which could lead to electrocution, Oakley said.

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Sam Custer, Extension Educator of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Ohio State University in Darke County, said the combination of rain last week and this week could mean damaged crops for farmers.

“We’re really in a bind,” Custer said. “If we get another two to three inches, that’s six inches of rain in a week, that could be pretty significant.”

Custer said while over saturation of soil is an issue, the most concerning part of this weekend’s weather is the cold weather that will accompany the rainfall.

Temperatures are expected to drop into the 30s Sunday and Monday mornings, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini.

Staff writer Tremayne Hogue contributed to this report.

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