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Ohio River flooding: New Richmond residents move to higher ground

Emergency shelter opened at New Richmond HS
Posted at 1:27 AM, Feb 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-25 01:29:47-05

NEW RICHMOND, Ohio -- Rhonda Waits carried a box of keepsakes to her car as the Ohio River crept closer to her door.

The box contains Christmas ornaments that her children made when they were little, and she doesn’t want to lose them in the flood. 

“We're really worried about losing everything we have,” Waits said. “You know we don't have a whole lot, but we want to keep what we have.” 

The Ohio River is expected to rise to 60 feet by Sunday morning, according to the National Weather Service. 

Waits won’t be in New Richmond to see it. She said water comes into her apartment at 59 feet, so she left to stay with a relative who lives away from the river. 

The American Red Cross opened a shelter at New Richmond High School for those who have to leave their homes.

Shelter Manager Gail Schaffer said resources are available for anyone who needs a place to stay until water levels recede. 

“People are very resilient, and they will bounce back like they always do,” Schaffer said.