With More Rainfall, Ohio River Now Expected To Reach 59.4 Feet

Posted On February 23, 2018

By Mike Perleberg

A view of the flooded Ohio River rising up Third Street in Aurora on Wednesday, February 22. Photo by Coleman Yauch.

(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – The flooding being experienced along the Ohio River is expected to be the worst since 1997.

The river at Cincinnati is measuring well over 56 feet Friday morning, pushing the flooding from “minor” to “moderate”. It will swell to about 59.4 feet at by Tuesday morning.

For historical reference, the flood of 1997 saw the river reach 64.7 feet. “Major” flood level at Cincinnati is not officially reached until 65 feet.

A 100-year flood is attained at 70 feet. That has only happened twice: 71.1 feet in 1884 and 80 feet in 1937.

At the Markland Dam, the Ohio River is showing at 51.6 feet. It will rise at least another six feet to about 57.5 feet by Monday. The river does not reach “moderate” flood stage at Markland until 62 feet.

The National Weather Service says a flood warning is expected to remain in place for at least the next five days.

Meteorologists have upped the crest of the river because of heavy rain that is coming down Friday. The rainfall is likely to continue into Saturday night. By late Sunday morning, the clouds should give way to sunshine.

But for now, residents along the river and in low-lying areas are being advised to take caution. Flood waters are creeping further into downtown Aurora. The Lawrenceburg Conservancy District is at the ready.

Many area roads that have already been closed will remain under water and off-limits to traffic. We can now add to the list State Road 56, which is closed at the Switzerland-Jefferson county line by the flood waters.

A list of local road closures can be found here.

The flooded Ohio River has even forced a local riverboat casino to close. Belterra Casino Resort & Spa in Switzerland County announced Friday morning it has temporarily shut down its riverboat casino, but the resort on land remains open.