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Rain expected to push Ohio River to highest level since '97

Rain expected to push Ohio River to highest level since '97

The Grand Erie School Board has closed Agnes G. Hodge, Bellview, Ecole Dufferin, Lansdowne-Costain, and Princess Elizabeth as well as the Joseph Brant Learning Centre and the Grand Erie Education Centre due to the flooding. Portions of state Route 8 in northern Kentucky become flooded, as well as portions of Lawrenceburg and Aurora, Indiana. "Those living in flood-prone areas should be prepared to take action should flooding develop", the agency warned.

How much more water can we expect?

All of the rain, combined with temperatures climbing to near 60, has melted most of the ice and snow.

Additional rainfall on top of recent rains will increase the potential for flash-flooding and also some river flooding, according to the weather service.

According to the National Weather Service, flooding in Lowell is expected to be the third largest in the city's history.

With the snowpack melting and rain falling onto sodden or frozen ground, conditions were ripe for flooding to occur, especially with ice jams locked in place in communities, including Cambridge, Brantford and Cayuga. In the historic 2013 flood, Miller spent days trying to soak up the water coming into her basement.

Officials say they will continue to the monitor the flood walls regularly to make sure there are no issues but they are confident the improvements made in 2014 will prevent any problems. The Red Cedar River is forecast to crest at 10.3 feet.

In Parkersburg, the river level was at 32.2 feet.

Both Ohio County Emergency Management Director Lou Vargo and Marshall County EMA Director Tom Hart said residents and businesses should prepare for "significant river flooding" during the weekend. Several flood pump stations have also been rebuilt or upgraded. The weather was been blamed for hundreds of auto crashes and several deaths, including a crash that killed four people along a slippery interstate in Nebraska.

A state of emergency was declared in Six Nations, and the river was expected to peak in the Caledonia and Cayuga areas late in the day Thursday.

Moreover, light to moderate flooding is expected to continue over Ohio.

"Heavy rain certainly contributed to the landslides", Vargo said.

Excessive rainfall will cause local rivers, creeks, and streams to rise.

Pam Spencer, the city's public information officer, said gates to the city's floodwall are put up when the river reaches "48 feet and rising". Avoid walking through standing water to avoid electricution.


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