With Rain Predicted, MSD Remains in “Holding Pattern” on Flooding

by Gabe Bullard on March 7, 2011

by Dalton Main

The Ohio River is just below flood stage and is expected to stay there for the next few days.

Rain and melted snow from further north have left the river high. It crested Monday morning about 18 inches below the 23-foot flood stage. MSD director Bud Schardein says even though rain is predicted for later this week, the river should remain below flood stage.

“Right now we’re just basically at a holding pattern, and It’s still early in the spring. I’ve seen the river stay several feet above pool for a couple of weeks before and that’s not untypical this time of year,” he says.

There is less than an inch of rain in the forecast for Tuesday night and possibly a half inch for Wednesday. The water level is expected to drop slightly before the rainfall.

The National Weather Service cancelled Monday’s flood watch.

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