The National Weather Service reports the Ohio River crested at 60.5 feet yesterday – its highest level in more than two decades.
A River Flooding Warning remained in effect Sunday through Wednesday night along the Ohio River in Point Pleasant. That’s the highest level there since 1997 when flood stage reached 64.7 feet.
A man paddles his boat alongside a home in the East End along the Ohio River, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 in Cincinnati.
Roads are closed throughout the area along the river.
– SB I-75 at 10.7 mm has partially reopened.
A swathe of rain extended from Texas through Arkansas, to Kentucky and OH this week, bringing with it severe weather and major flooding.
“Ohioans do a good job of looking out for each other and we’re doing it again now also”, Kasich said in the statement. The Ohio River is expected to crest below flood stage today.
Grand Rapids Fire Chief John Lehman says the $1.5 million flood wall has helped curb the damage. On its website, the weather service specifically notes “much of Portsmouth itself is protected by flood walls”. The calls came from people trapped in their vehicles and homes and stranded in high waters. No injuries or fatalities have been reported.
As we all know, Mother Nature is to be respected.
Fischer took a look at the flooding from a Louisville Metro police helicopter.
Any rain anticipated this week “shouldn’t be any significant factor for us here”, he said.
City officials expect the damage to meet the 2.8 million dollar threshold to qualify for FEMA assistance.
Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin responded to “continued heavy rainfall events which have caused widespread flooding and damage to critical infrastructure across Kentucky” by declaring a statewide state of emergency on Friday.