PHOTOS: Local Businesses Preparing For Ohio River Flood
By Mike Perleberg
(Aurora, Ind.) – The Flood of 2018 shows no signs of receding until next week, meaning many local residents and businesses along the Ohio River will have a water-logged weekend.
The river at Cincinnati is under a Flood Warning until further notice, according to the National Weather Service. The water level as of Friday afternoon is just over 57 feet. The inundated river is expected to crest at 59.5 feet by Tuesday.
At Kennett’s Marathon in Aurora, owner Adam Kinnett and others were busy removing the fuel pumps and clearing out merchandise from the convenience store.
Gillman’s Do It Best Hardware on U.S. 50 in Aurora was also dealing with flooding in its lumber yard. Operations manager Curtis Gillman said the water was so deep, a pontoon boat could go through it.
“We have moved thousands and thousands of board feet of lumber up on top of the hill,” he said.
Many people were stopping at Lesko Park along State Road 56 to get a closer look at the Ohio River. The water level on the flood gauge there was showing about 57.5 feet. Other parks in the city are submerged, too, but the city is getting help with the future cleanup from MGP Ingredients.
Down the river in Rising Sun, the river is not threatening much, thanks to the city’s elevation on the north riverbank. Looking across the river into Kentucky, however, the water is threatening the Rabbit Hash General Store.
In Switzerland County, owners of campers and boats are being invited to temporarily store them on higher ground at the Switzerland County Fairgrounds. The raging river forced Belterra Casino Resort & Spa to close its casino riverboat Friday, but the resort buildings, shops, and restaurants on land remain open.
Many area roads continue to be closed due to flooding. Eagle Country 99.3 is maintaining a list of those roads here.
Rising Sun-Now hearing that SR 156 near North Landing (west of SR 56) is now under water and the road is closed. Seek alternate route in that area.
— Sgt. Stephen Wheeles (@ISPVersailles) February 23, 2018
— South Dearborn H.S. (@SouthDearbornHS) February 23, 2018