Flood Warning in effect for Ohio River from late Sunday through Friday

Flood Warning for Ohio River starting Monday
Flood Warning for Ohio River starting Monday
Flood Warning for Ohio River starting Monday
Flood Warning for Ohio River starting Monday
Flood Warning for Ohio River starting Monday
Posted at 12:28 PM, Feb 17, 2018

Editor's note: A prior version of this story misidentified the agency in charge of the Mill Creek Barrier Dam; WCPO regrets this error.

CINCINNATI -- The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Warning for the Ohio River at Cincinnati from late Sunday until early Friday, and at Meldahl Dam from Monday morning to Thursday morning.

Minor flooding is forecasted.

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In Cincinnati: The river will rise above flood stage after midnight Sunday and continue to rise to near 55.8 feet by early Wednesday morning. The river will fall below flood stage early Friday morning.

Affected areas: At stages near 56 feet, widespread backwater flooding along creeks  and streams occurs, with Route 8 in Kentucky, Route 56 in Indiana and  both Route 52 and old Route 52 flooded in areas. Backwater flooding also affects Anderson Township, flooding numerous roads and basements. Locations most affected include low-lying areas near New Richmond, the East End, California, and Anderson and Pierce townships.

Major road closures

  • Kellogg Avenue east of Sutton Road (Belterra Park Gaming remains open via Kellogg Road to the east, using Exit 71 off I-275, via US 52)
  • Eight Mile Road, at Old Kellogg Road
  • Four Mile Road, between the I-275 overpass & Kellogg

At Meldahl Dam: The river will rise above flood stage Monday morning and continue to rise to near 54 feet by Tuesday evening.The river will fall below flood stage Thursday morning.

Affected areas: At stages near 54 feet, Route 52 and State Route 232 near Point Pleasant, Ohio are covered with water. Backwater flooding near the river worsens in Clermont, Brown, Bracken and Pendleton counties.

LINK: Ohio River gauge

Cincinnati's Stormwater Management Utility planned to install floodgates in the city's Queensgate area Saturday, and close the Mill Creek Barrier Dam Sunday.

In Covington, the city of Covington installed the Madison Avenue  floodgate Monday morning. Riverside Drive is closed to traffic and the Madison Overlook is also closed due to the high river level.