With More Rain Expected, River Could Reach 33 Feet

by Gabe Bullard on April 25, 2011

The Ohio River is several feet above flood stage, and it’s expected to rise further in the coming days.

The river is over 29 feet high in Louisville. Flood stage is 23 feet. National Weather Service hydrologist Mike Callahan says rainfall predicted for Tuesday and Wednesday will likely bring the Ohio to 33 feet.

“We’re looking for another frontal system to come into our area, stall and possibly give us two waves of heavy rain. Just what we don’t need,” he says.

Callahan says after Wednesday, light rain may continue throughout the week, but the river will likely crest, then recede over the coming weeks.

“Looks like just maybe a slight chance of some rain on Thursday, then clearing out. So if we can get through Wednesday night…you’ve got to let the river crest and everything, but after that, the situation should improve,” he says.

This will likely be the wettest April on record for Louisville.

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