Ohio Gov. John Kasich issued an emergency declaration for 17 counties along the Ohio River and in southern Ohio due to dangerous conditions resulting from severe storms and heavy rain.
These 17 counties join the entire state of Kentucky now under a state of emergency, and large bodies of waters are expected to swell.
Impacted counties in Ohio include Adams, Athens, Belmont, Brown, Clermont, Columbiana, Gallia, Hamilton, Hocking, Jackson, Jefferson, Lawrence, Monroe, Meigs, Muskingum, Scioto and Washington.
The Ohio River is still on the rise.
And with more rain this weekend and rainwater flowing from the east, the possibility of flash flooding is high.
As of Friday evening, the Ohio River has reached 57.5 feet. It’s expected to rise even more by early Monday, cresting just below 60 feet.
The river has not reached this level since the 1997 flood, when it crested at 64.7 feet.
When will waters rise?
Look for the Ohio River to reach its peak on Monday and Tuesday.
Another round of rain is expected Saturday. In total, 2-4 inches of rain are expected, which will push Ohio River water levels even higher.
According to the National Weather Service, the Ohio River will rise above 58 feet by Sunday. The water will crest around 59 feet by Monday and Tuesday before gradually dipping Wednesday.
Where will flooding occur?
Water rises are expected along the Ohio River, as well as smaller creeks and streams like the Great and Little Miami rivers.
Keep an eye on flood-prone basements and watch for standing water on area roads with poor drainage.
What areas along the Ohio River will flood?
When the river reaches 59 feet, the following impacts are felt in Greater Cincinnati, the NWS says:
“Much of Route 52 is flooded from Cincinnati to New Richmond. Significant flooding occurs in California, Ohio, with several roads, Coney Island, and Riverbend Music Theater mostly underwater. Backwater flooding affects many roads in Anderson Township. Several low roads in the East End are also flooded. Portions of Route 8 in northern Kentucky become flooded, as well as portions of Lawrenceburg and Aurora, Indiana. Basement flooding of low lying homes and businesses is widespread.”
If it reaches 60 feet, the following is expected:
“Significant road flooding occurs in Newport, Kentucky. Much of southern Ohio Township in Clermont County floods, including about half of New Richmond. Flooding continues to worsen on Route 52. Backwater flooding worsens along the Little Miami and Licking Rivers, with some main level of homes flooded in the East End sections of Cincinnati.”