ABERDEEN, Ohio – Flood cleanup will continue this week in Aberdeen.
According to Aberdeen Village Council Member Shari Stafford, there will be two time periods this week for residents of Aberdeen to dump trash leftover from the flooding last month.
On Thursday, March 8 through Sunday March 10 there will be a dumpster in the parking lot at the Aberdeen Park for trash only. According to Stafford, the drop off times will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Items not allowed include tires, furniture, appliances, mattresses, etc.
“People are allowed to bring river trash,” Stafford said. “It’s just for the flooding.”
On March 8 and March 9, driftwood and any wood debris from recent flooding can be dropped off behind the west side of the sewer plant from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.
“It’ll be on the west side of the sewer plant,” Stafford said. “At some point we will have a controlled burn of all the wood.”
Cleanup is coming after February rains across the Ohio River Valley saw the Ohio River rise into the towns in Kentucky and Ohio all across the river.
Between 1.5 and 2.5 inches of rain fell across the region in a weekend accompanied by damaging high winds in Brown County.
The Ohio River crested at 60 feet in Cincinnati according to the National Weather Service, coming just shy of 60 feet around the Maysville area causing the governors of both Ohio and Kentucky to call states of emergency in their respective states.
At its highest point, the flooding consumed a majority of the Aberdeen Park as well as boat docks in the area.
“The park still has some water in it but volunteers have picked up the trash,” Stafford said. “We actually filled two large dumpsters with trash. We’re going to sterilize the playground and put the benches and picnic tables back as well as the gazebos. The 9/11 memorial will also have to be cleaned off.”
Stafford said that the American Red Cross dropped off cleanup buckets earlier that were given away by the Huntington Township Fire Department, but there wasn’t a lot of damage to homes in the area.
“It was mostly basement flooding,” Stafford said.
Dumpsters for depositing river trash and driftwood are open for public use.