City Officials Monitoring Ohio River

by Sheila Ash on March 11, 2011

The Ohio River could hit its highest level since 2005 this weekend. The river is expected to crest at 28 feet by Sunday.  That’s five feet above flood stage.

Executive Director of the Metropolitan Sewer District Bud Schardein says he doesn’t anticipate any major problems.

“I think we’re in good shape right now.  Everyone who’s behind the levee and the flood wall is being protected right now.  All the flood pumping plants that are in operation are operating properly and doing their job,” says Schardein “so it’s more now of just watching the river and seeing if there’s going to be a spike in it or it’s going to hit its 28 feet and start dropping.”

Schardein says as a precaution flood walls will be installed at Second Street and Bingham Way on Sunday.  Flood walls are already in place at 10th and 27th streets.

Schardein also urges motorists to stay off River Road and Mellwood Avenue between Zorn Avenue and downtown.

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