The Ohio River at the Lawrenceburg levee.
(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – Blame the rain as a flood warning is in effect for areas along the Ohio River now until further notice.
That’s because the Ohio River at Cincinnati is about a foot below the 52 feet flood stage according to the National Weather Service. It is expected to meet flood stage early Saturday morning, then rise to 55.8 feet later Saturday.
The weather service anticipates the river to stay over flood stage for five straight days.
Residents in Miamitown and Whitewater Township have concerns as well. The river fell below flood stage of 16 feet late Thursday night after cresting at 22.5 feet Wednesday, but incoming rainfall will raise the river to flood stage by Friday night and again reach over 22 feet Saturday morning.
Not helping the situation will be more storms moving in Friday morning which are expected to drop up to three inches of rain by Saturday.
Already this month eight inches of rain have been recorded at the Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport, about 5.5 inches more than normal. Some locations in Ohio and Switzerland counties took on as much as four inches of rain earlier this week.
With the ground already saturated, nearly all the new rainfall will become immediate runoff. That will create the threat of rapidly rising creeks, streams, and rivers.
The entire tri-state is under a flash flood watch through Saturday afternoon.