Aerial look at Ohio River floodwaters

23 February, 2018, 02:08 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • Flood warning remains in place along Ohio River

In Augusta, the Riverwalk along Riverside Drive had mostly disappeared beneath the flood water by Sunday afternoon and the city river park was also flooded.

The Ohio River is expected to reach 56 feet Wednesday. Low-lying areas near New Richmond in Clermont County also flood.

Lee Hendricks, a hydrologist with the National Weather Service, said of the 36 counties overseen by the agency's Moon Township, Pa., office, most are experiencing flooding at some level.

Miles Evenson, superintendent of Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park, said the Ohio River covered part of the island over the weekend.

While the river did not make its way into London Pool it did come close over the weekend.
		Sarah Hawley | Sentinel
While the river did not make its way into London Pool it did come close over the weekend. Sarah Hawley | Sentinel

The Ohio River crested at 52.25 feet when the floodwall was last closed in March 2011.

Below the dam the previous crest forecast was 59 feet.

The Dearborn Trail as well as Aurora's Lesko Park and Gabbard Riverfront Park were flooded by the swollen river on Monday. This crest compares to a crest of 15.5 feet on December 1, 2011. In Monroe, ice building up on the River Raisin prompted flood worries. At 10 a.m. Monday the stage was 7.1 feet; flood stage is 17 feet. This crest compares to a crest of 22.9 feet on February 8, 2008. At 9 a.m. Monday the stage was 4.7 feet; flood stage is 11 feet. At 23 feet, the river approaches a major flood.

That means its projection - which, as of Wednesday morning, shows the river receding below flood stage by Saturday - does not take into account the rain we expect Friday and Saturday, and that means it will likely take longer for the river to recede. Backwater flooding also begins in Brown County, especially along Eagle and Straight Creeks.


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