Flooding near the Aurora Moose Lodge on
Fourth Street in Aurora Thursday.
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(Aurora, Ind.) - The Ohio River will rising a few feet more before floodwaters in the tri-state begin to recede.
The National Weather Service said Friday morning the river is nearly three feet over flood stage of 52 feet at Cincinnati. The river will continue to rise another 1.5 feet before it crests at over 56 feet Monday.
The tri-state has not seen flooding as serious since March 1997 when the river topped out at 64.7 feet.
The Ohio River isn’t expected to reach flood stage of 51 feet at Markland Dam until Saturday.
A Flood Warning remains in effect for all areas locally along the Ohio River until further notice.
Aurora residents have had to take precautionary measures. On Thursday, the Aurora Fire Department and other agencies spent seven hours placing over 3,000 sand bags around the Aurora Moose Lodge.
Between 60 and 70 tons of sand were used.
The Aurora Little League fields off U.S. 50
are submerged by a flooding Ohio River.
“It is hoped that the sandbags will hold back the flood water for the predicted rise in the river,” said Aurora Fire Department Safety Officer Kevin Turner.
The department thanked the Moose members, civilians, other agencies, and a dump truck operated by Tim Greive from the Dearborn County Highway Department.
For other parts of the city there was not much anybody could do. The Aurora Little League baseball and football fields off of U.S. 50 near the old Aurora High School were submerged beneath a couple feet of water.
Citizens are urged to be aware of possible road closures or evacuations if waters continue to rise.
“Also, never drive through a flooded roadway. Turn around, Don't Drown,” said Turner.
The Great Miami at Miamitown was close to flood stage Thursday, but has since fallen a couple feet.
1.2 inches of rain fell Wednesday, but no new precipitation is expected for several days. Over the past 14 days, more than eight inches of rain has fallen in parts of southeast Indiana according to the weather service.