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Aerial photos of Tristate floods on Tuesday, February 20, 2018. The floods have affected businesses and communities along the river.
The Investigator / Phil Didion

A rainy rainy day, followed by a wild-weather night, intensified the early Sunday flood in several parts of Greater Cincinnati.

The number of road closures apparently multiplied with the late hour on Saturday and in the morning. The Cincinnati police reported that they had carried out numerous water rescue operations by motorists whose vehicles were caught in the floods.

The effects are widespread 659010] A landslide has been reported on Martin Drive on Paradrome Street in Mount Adams, partially obstructing the road.

The National Weather Service and Emergency Management investigate storm damage in the counties of Clermont and Brown, Ohio, caused by high winds.

Even two US post offices had to move due to the flood.

Over Saturday night and Sunday morning, the weather did exactly what meteorologists feared: it poured another 2-3 inches of rain on already soaked southwestern Ohio communities

"So much water on the already saturated ground without much vegetation, That's why we were particularly worried, "said Kristen Cassady, Meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Wilmington. The Cassady said that the river cost over 60 feet, Cassady said, saying he would reach the highest level of recent floods in the Reach the region in 1997, which peaked at 64.7 feet.

"Fortunately, we will be dry for the rest of the day," said Cassady. Without rain in the weather forecast on Monday or Tuesday, the river should slowly decline.

Cassady insisted "slowly" because tributaries that flow into the river like the Little and Great Miami rivers continue to flow into the Ohio River, meaning that it will take some time for the rivers to return to normal.

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At 4 am the river was 59.4 feet; That's 7.4 feet above the flood level.

As the river approaches a level of 60 feet today, residents should expect these effects, according to the Weather Service:

* Significant flood in Newport.

* Flooding of homes in the East End of Cincinnati

* Aging floods on US Route 52.

* Flooding in southern Ohio Township in Clermont County, including about half of New Richmond.

* Backwater floods along the Little Miami and licks rivers.

There are regional flood warnings for the Ohio River in Cincinnati, Portsmouth, Maysville, Meldhal Dam and Markland Dam. The Ohio River led to flood problems upstream in Pittsburgh and downstream in the southeast of Indiana and Louisville.

On the better side, the worst stormy weather had passed in the morning, according to the weather service. The night had seen tornado warnings in parts of Northern Kentucky and flash flood warnings across the region.

"Heavy rain ends in east-west direction and the potential for severe weather has dropped sharply," the weather service tweeted overnight. "A cold front is approaching from the west this morning, bringing dry conditions after passing and a brief period of gusty wind to 40 mph."

The warnings of the flash flood came to an end in the 4-hour period. Towards morning, gusts of wind are predicted when a cold front sets in. At noon, the residents can expect sunshine and a height of about 50 degrees.

On Saturday, Cincinnati had its wettest Feb. 24 in record time, soaked with 2.26 inches of rain. (The previous local record for the date was 1.37 inches.) All the rain is pouring into already swollen streams, streams, and rivers.

Clermont County foresees storm damage

Text of a weather service statement issued shortly after 9:00 pm Sunday regarding wind damage overnight:

The National Meteorological Service in Wilmington, Ohio, is working in collaboration with civil protection authorities in the counties of Clermont and Brown in Ohio this afternoon to conduct storm investigations to assess the nature of the damage last night / morning storm. The survey team plans to investigate, inter alia, damage in the Neville, Felicity and Hamersville areas.

Another public statement of information will be issued as soon as a first conclusion on the nature of the storm damage is made.

If you have observed For weather accidents, please report this to the National Weather Service via weather reports or by calling 937-383-0031.

Dam Drama in Sharonville

Tensions were high in Sharonville overnight as the officials looked closely at the dam of Sharon Woods.

"The dam is stable at the moment," Sharonville Mayor Kevin Hardman wrote in a Facebook post to residents at about 1:45 am. "We are confident that he will not tip over at this point – we have a crew stationed at the dam to notify them in case a breach is imminent."

Floods went over the dam, Amy Smith said Sunday mornings, but evacuations were not necessary and the water begins to recede. Some roads are closed.

"Everything is fine right now," Smith said. "We hope the roads will be opened up as soon as possible."

Park officials investigate impact

Jack Sutton, managing director of Great Parks in Hamilton County, who operates Sharon Woods, said the park is open today. Security checks were carried out on bridges and paths below the dam.

"We have many downstream neighbors in Sharonville on Cornell Road, some along Route 42," said Sutton. "Nobody is in danger of what happened last night."

The boathouse on the lake could be a different story. When the lake floods, water can penetrate.

The Park District worked this morning to assess property damage.

Some of the county parks closer to the Ohio River are closed, including Otto Armleder on Cincinnati's East Side and Fernbank Park on the west side of Cincinnati

Sutton's biggest concern is the Little Miami Golf Center in Newtown. In 1997, when the Ohio River reached 59 feet, the golf center was three feet underwater. The Park District is working this morning to get goods, golf and office equipment out of the building.

River levels

Ohio: The river reached a level of 59.4 feet from 4 on Sunday and is underway near 60 feet later in the morning. Flood phase is 52 feet. This is the highest level since the floods of 1997.

"Moderate floods are underway and are expected to continue," the National Weather Service in Wilmington said in a warning about the flood. After rising by about 60 feet, the waters of the Ohio River are expected to decline. Nevertheless, the river can remain flooded until late in the week.

Great Miami River: At 1 o'clock on Sunday, the stage of the river was 19.6 feet, which is 3.6 feet above the tidal level.

This means that minor floods have occurred and will continue.

On Sunday afternoon, the river will rise to nearly 23.7 feet, the National Weather Service said. At this level, moderate flooding will occur south of Miamitown in the southwest of the city of Miami and between New Baltimore and Cleves and Sidney.

The river will remain above the flood stage until Tuesday noon.

Other rivers with flood warnings:

* Little Miami River at Kings Mills and Milford

* Scioto River at Piketon and Circleville

* Big Darby Creek at Darbyville

Road closures

Cincinnati police reported these new road closures at 3:30 pm Sunday:

* I-275 Exit 72 to Kellogg Avenue

* Apple Hill between Kellogg and Salem.

* Parts of the Mehring Way between Gest Street and Freeman Avenue

* Police expect Freeman Avenue south of Sixth Street and Mehring Way from Freeman to Pete Rose Way to be closed until dawn.

* Dooley By Pass in Northside near Spring Grove.

* Columbia Parkway has reopened, except between Delta Avenue and Wm. H. Taft Road.

* East Miami River Road on Jordan Road in Miami Township

* Fields Ertel Road in Sharonville from US 42 to Village Woods Drive

* Canal Road in front of the UPS Customer Center in Scharonville.

Also, road closures have made the California district accessible only through the I-275 west entrance and exits.

"With water rising during the Sunday's Sunday, it's reasonable to believe that additional main lanes will be flooded," police warned Cincinnati, police and fire departments noticed Saturday night's water rescue from stranded riders.

"Turn around, do not drown," Cincinnati police warned motorists.

Relocation of Post Offices

The US Postal Service:

The California, Kentucky, Post 41007, is temporarily closed due to flooding. Retail and delivery operations were temporarily relocated to Alexandria, Kentucky, Post 44101.

The Ripley, Ohio, Post 45167 is temporarily closed due to flooding. Retail and delivery operations were temporarily relocated to Georgetown, Ohio, Post 45121.

Mail delivery is attempted daily as flood conditions permit.

Earlier Coverage

The bureaucratic chips, the major flooding episodes, accompany fall Friday and Saturday as the banks of the Ohio River turned outward. [Saturday] On Saturday afternoon, Ohio Governor John Kasich issued an emergency declaration for 17 Ohio counties in response to floods.

The statement activates the Ohio National Guard to support the population's response to floods. Preparatory efforts included the deployment of troops in response to local requests to install locks along flood plains.

The affected districts of Ohio were: Adams, Athens, Belmont, Brown, Clermont, Columbiana, Gallia, Hamilton, Hocking, Jackson, Jefferson, Lawrence, Monroe, Meigs, Muskingum, Scioto, and Washington.

"With the weather and floods likely to get worse, we remain ahead of things by taking our preparedness to the next level and reporting an emergency there, we expect the worst conditions," Kasich said in a news release. "We will quickly replenish these areas as needed."

On Saturday afternoon, Dearborn County officials announced an "orange" travel recommendation, meaning that only essential travel is recommended and conditions threaten public safety] More: Cincinnati Flooding: Kasich Explains Emergencies for 17 Counties, storms can be 1-2 inches

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Dearborn County Emergency Management Director Jason Sullivan said in a press release: " Only essential travel, such as to and from work or in emergencies, is recommended, and contingency plans should be implemented by corporations, schools, government agencies, and other organizations. "

These moves followed explanations on the Kentucky side of the burgeoning river.

Covington and Kenton County declared the state of emergency on Friday night to flooding. The statement allows city and district officials to take all necessary steps to protect citizens.

Covington Mayor Joe Meyer and Kenton County Judge and Executive Director Kris A. Knochelmann said the statement was a precautionary measure. The declaration of an emergency granted, if necessary, access to the help of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin announced a nationwide emergency on Friday night in response to "continuing heavy rainfall events that have caused widespread flooding and critical infrastructure damage throughout Kentucky."

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The move enabled the mobilization and provision of government resources for Kentucky's cities and counties.

Search and Rescue Teams According to a press release from Bevin's office, the National Guard prepared for standby duty around the state, and the National Guard is preparing for flood defense measures.

In addition, Kentucky Emergency Management activated the state Emergency Operations Center on Thursday. On Saturday, the National Weather Service issued a flood warning for the Little Miami River at Kings Mills and Milford, the Great Miami River near Middletown and Ohio Brush Creek above West Union.

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Here's a look at the numbers the flood of the Ohio River in 2018.
The Enqurer / Mike Nyerges

Forecasters said the Little Miami River at Kings Mills will rise above the tide early Sunday morning and rise to 23.7 feet by Sunday morning.

"At levels near 17 feet, the flooding of lowland areas from southern Lebanon to Foster occurs," the Weather Service said in a press release. "Parts of Mason-Morrow-Millgrove Road also flood."

Kristen Cassady, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service at Wilmington, said the lack of vegetation at this time of year contributes to the rising water.

"The vegetation we normally would have in spring and summer would help to absorb some water from the ground," said Cassady. "Now we have a lot of rain that is just going down the drain and the ground is so saturated."

Weather Service forecasters predicted that the Ohio River would crown at 60 feet Sunday morning.

More: Smale Riverside Park evacuated by police as the Ohio River ascends

Correction: An earlier version of this story falsely claimed that the river was higher than the flood from 1997 was projected.

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