Ohio River Flood Warning Extended “Until Further Notice”
By Mike Perleberg
A couple observes the Ohio River flooding at Aurora’s Lesko Park on Tuesday, February 20. Photo by Mike Perleberg, Eagle Country 99.3.
(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – It’s going to be a wet Wednesday, which will extend the flooding of the Ohio River and its tributaries.
The enlarged river at Cincinnati crested at about 55.4 feet Tuesday night, which is about 3.5 feet over flood stage.
The flood warning first issued Monday is now in place “until further notice,” according to the National Weather Service. The river may remain above flood stage for the next five days thanks to the new rainfall.
Numerous local roads including Lawrenceburg Road in Whitewater Township, State Road 56 in downtown Aurora, and Cole Lane in southern Dearborn County remain closed by high water. Eagle Country 99.3 has published a list of local road closings here.
Sandbags are used to limit flooding at a portion of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge at 3rd Street and State Road 56 in Aurora on Tuesday, February 20. Photo by Mike Perleberg, Eagle Country 99.3.
A silver lining to the rain and flooding is the warm weather they accompany. A record high temperature of 79 was recorded at Cincinnati on Tuesday, about 35 degrees higher than normal for February 20. It broke the previous record of 72 recorded in 2016 and 1891, as well as the record high temperature for the entire month.
Wednesday’s high temperature occurred in the early morning hours at 69 degrees. The mercury will fall through the day to a low of 37 overnight heading into Thursday, when the high will reach 48.
Because of the unseasonably warm weather, Perfect North Slopes in Lawrenceburg has been forced to suspend its operations Tuesday and Wednesday.
Cincinnati, Dayton, and Columbus all three reached record high temperatures on Tuesday afternoon. Rain and cooler weather will return on Wednesday. pic.twitter.com/5xZFXNYH9R
— NWS Wilmington OH (@NWSILN) February 21, 2018