Flash flood warning issued for Columbus area, I-270 interchange closed due to high water.
Several inches of rainfall over a period of less than two hours have caused significant flooding issues on the city’s East Side.
The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning until 3 p.m. Tuesday for eastern and southeastern portions of Franklin County.
According to the weather service, between two and four and a half inches of rain have fallen in a period of about two hours in some portions of the county with four to four and a half inches of rain falling in some areas of Blacklick and Reynoldsburg.
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Another one to two inches of rain is possible as storms continue to develop Tuesday.
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Columbus area road closures due to flooding.
The high water has prompted the closure of the exit ramps from Interstate 270 southbound to Interstate 70 in both directions on the city’s East Side. The ramp from I-70 westbound to Miller and Kelton avenues also is closed near Downtown.
Waggoner Road and Brice Road also are closed due to high water, and many side streets are seeing levels of high water, particularly in the Blacklick area.
The rain is expected to impact northern Fairfield and western Licking counties as well.
‘A month and a half worth of rain in 24 hours.
Seth Binau, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Wilmington, said the eastern part of Franklin
County has totaled between six and seven inches of rain over about 24 hours, largely due to localized, slow-
“That’s about a month and a half’s worth of rain in 24 hours or so,” he said.