With more rain expected and well-above-normal temperatures predicted over the next several days, residents can expect to see area rivers and streams on the rise.
But just how high flood waters may get remains to be seen.
Currently, the forecast from the National Weather Service calls for the Ohio River to crest at about 49 feet in Maysville on Tuesday. According to NWS, flooding of lowland areas near the river occurs in Mason County at that stage. Backwater flooding into creeks and streams can also be expected. Flooding also begins in Brown County, especially along Eagle and Straight Creeks.
The city of Maysville is protected to a stage of 79 feet by the floodwall. Closures in the floodwall are dictated by river levels from 43 to 73 feet, Greg Bess, who works for Maysville Public Works and who, according to Public Works Director Mike Barbee, is the city’s “floodwall expert,” said. There are 10 “closures” in the floodwall system, he said.
The flood closure has already been made at Short Street, Bess said. City employees will work Saturday on closures at Goose Creek and Limestone Landing, he said.
In the meantime, Bess said he will monitor river levels through an app he has on his smartphone, a far cry from a few years ago when a phone call to the river station was the only way to check
Lowland flooding near the river occurs, as well as backwater flooding in southern Clermont and Brown counties in Ohio and Bracken County in Kentucky at 49 feet and the crest is forecast to be just below that level.
The Augusta Ferry ceased operations on Wednesday because of high water on the Ohio River and by Thursday, water began to creep up the launch ramp at the Augusta River Park and to creep up the bank along Riverside Drive. The river is expected to crest just below 49 feet at Meldahl Dam in Bracken County on Tuesday.
Residents of Aberdeen and Ripley, Ohio, along with Vanceburg will likely see some minor flooding, according to NWS.
Officials said Kentucky Emergency Management activated its State Emergency Operations Center Thursday afternoon, in support of forecasted heavy rainfall and potential flooding conditions throughout Kentucky during the next several days. The SEOC will activate at a Level 4, which consists of KYEM personnel monitoring the weather system and damage reports from impacted counties.