'Flood watch' issued for area through weekend

by Garry Watts February 24, 2018, 4:56
'Flood watch' issued for area through weekend

At major flood stage, the Ohio River will affect low-lying properties and may enter homes and outbuildings adjacent to the River. Forecasters warned people living along rivers, streams and creeks in southern OH, southeast in and northern Kentucky to be especially cautious and prepared for rapid rises. That's considered moderate flooding, which is not very common in that area, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Wayne Hoepner. "Now we're pumping the water out of the city so we don't back it up onto people". Heavy rains contributed to mudslides on W.Va. 2/River Road between North Wheeling and Warwood, as well as on National Road/Wheeling Hill between downtown and Fulton.

Sekelsky said rain forecasts are not added to the flooding forecasts more than two or three days ahead of time.

After a cold front clears the state late early Sunday morning, an extended spell of dry weather is expected to end the month!

The forecasters also look at how much snow is on the ground and temperature forecasts to determine how much water will flow into the streams and rivers, Sekelsky said.

If this occurs, Allen said, offering as a perspective, that, "Seaforth Mineral and all of River Road will be under water". At 58 feet, some homes and businesses between US 52 and the river are flooded. The Ohio River at Paducah was at 42.5 feet Thursday afternoon.

A flash flood warning has been issued for the counties of Haskell, McIntosh, Wagoner, Pittsburg, Muskogee, Okmulgee and Okfuskee until 12:30 a.m. Saturday.

Melting snow and heavy rain prompted the National Weather Service to issue flood warnings for parts of northern IL and flood watches for central IL.

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There will be several hours of dry weather Saturday.

In Parkersburg, the river level was at 32.2 feet.

Officials have said that the flooding in Brantford was exacerbated by an ice jam that developed early Wednesday morning.

Flooding continues to be the main hazard through the period.

Our first round of rainfall will arrive overnight and linger through 7:00 A.M. ET or 8:00 A.M. ET Friday morning.

Pam Spencer, the city's public information officer, said gates to the city's floodwall are put up when the river reaches "48 feet and rising".

"The level and the height of the water is something that most people have not seen in this community for a very, very long time", Friel said.

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