Ohio River likely to stay above flood stage for days — TIMELINE

Posted February 23, 2018

The river is to rise to near 16.7 feet around 1 a.m. Saturday and begin falling.

Much of southern OH remains under flood warning. That's three feet past flood stage.

Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack is closed due to Ohio River flooding today. The river also flooded New Cumberland Park, among other areas. A few homes are flooded on Annas Drive in Vienna.

Flooding also worsens in the city's East End neighborhood.

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Flood waters could reach the Green Street area in Ottawa, according to National Weather Service forecasts. The weather service says there is potential for flooding elsewhere in Ohio.

By comparison, the historic 1937 flood, which prompted the creation of Huntington's floodwall, crested at a record 69.45 feet. At 17 feet, residential flooding occurs in Leo-Cedarville. "Basically, we can expect some significant impacts along the Ohio River for that stretch there". Sections of OH 248 at Sand Hill are flooded.

A flood warning remains in place in Wheeling until 3 p.m. Sunday, while communities in the Mid-Ohio Valley are under a flood warning until 9:08 a.m. Monday.

Overall, flooding of lowland and poor drainage areas should increase over the next week or so.

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The Tiffin River near Stryker, Ohio, until further notice. To be at a "normal" level, it would need to fall below 45 feet. Volunteers for trail and park cleanup can contact the city for information.

Rain is expected throughout the week. Showers are expected into the evening. A likely rain chance will persist through Saturday. This will exacerbate flooding issues over the region.

Ohio, Hart, Putnam, South Seventh, Charles, Pike, Walnut, Stone and Virginia streets were also closed with the rising waters and Gilman Avenue's coverage grew as the morning passed with both the college and high school boathouses' bays filling with water and the Rotary pavilion on the west side almost underwater entirely by mid-afternoon.

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