More flooding expected along the Ohio River in week of deadly weather

Marsha Scott
March 1, 2018

The non-profit charity is responding after four days of heavy rainfall drowned out several areas in southwest OH, northern Kentucky and southeastern Indiana.

Gov. John Kasich has declared a state of emergency in 17 counties.

The Illinois River near Tahlequah has reached major flood stage as of Sunday morning and is now forecasted to crest at a height near 19.5 feet by Sunday afternoon. In Dearborn County, the Aurora area is suffering most from the flooding, particularly homes and businesses nearest the river in downtown Aurora. A cold front will push through the area, and it's likely we'll also see another 1 to 2 inches of rain possible.

33 Weather is monitoring the Ohio River's levels.

The National Weather Service has issued a River Flood Warning for the Rock River at Lake Koshkonong and Afton. It's forecasted to reach 9.4 feet by Tuesday. Other efforts include providing water pumps to Scioto and Lawrence Counties, coordinating calls between NWS and state and local officials, installing flood gates in Portsmouth and delivering sandbags to Athens County among other things.

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Water rises are expected along the Ohio River, as well as smaller creeks and streams like the Great and Little Miami rivers.

Creek flooding that began February 15 wreaked havoc on many Ohio Valley roads and hillsides, in addition to causing basement flooding and backups.

Hundreds of people have been evacuated over the last several days as rising waters reached their homes and nearby roads. Portions of Route 8 in northern Kentucky become flooded, as well as portions of Lawrenceburg and Aurora, Indiana. That city closed several roads because of flooding, including USA 52. Much of southern Ohio Township in Clermont County floods, including about half of New Richmond.

As the annual flooding season approaches, the Rock County Sheriff's Office - Emergency Management Bureau in a news release reports it continues to work with local response agencies in the planning, response and recovery to local emergencies, including flooding and severe weather. It's our highest river level since the significant flooding we saw in early March 1997.

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