Recovery mission underway in the Grand River for three-year-old boy

Recovery mission underway in the Grand River for three-year-old boy

Recovery mission underway in the Grand River for three-year-old boy

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.

If flooding appears imminent, Allen said he expects street closures to begin Sunday night into Monday, adding he and other city officials are encouraging residents who live along those closed streets to leave their homes until the threat has ended.

Also, Bald Eagle Township is asking residents to use only minimal amounts of water, to postpone laundry, dishwasher loads and the like, because the sewer system is nearing maximum capacity in certain areas. Rains have been occurring over the region for the past many days.

One to two inches of rain are expected over the next two days.

A forecast issued at 12:43 p.m. from the National Weather Service predicts the Ohio River will be at 451.7 feet as of 7 p.m. Thursday. "Backwater flooding worsens along the Little Miami and Licking Rivers, with some main level of homes flooded in the East End sections of Cincinnati". Basement flooding of low-lying homes and businesses is widespread.

According to the Ohio River Forecast Center, as of 9 a.m., the Ohio River in Marietta was at 29.7 feet.

Brant's Crossing near the Grand River in Brantford, Ont., on February 21, 2018.

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After this week's heavy rainfall, the Little River is above its major flood stage at 30 feet Friday afternoon.

He said an ice jam in Cambridge early Wednesday morning built up and then released a surge of water along with chunks of the ice. Future Flood Watches/Warnings may be issued for additional counties affecting by weekend flooding as confidence grows.

Heavy rain is likely Saturday night. W.Va. 2 was closed in both directions for several hours while contractors cleared the debris.

There are also hundreds of smaller creeks and streams that tend to rise and fall rapidly.

But while flooding was already occurring or forecast along the entire Maumee, Chris Roller, a meteorologist at the North Webster office, said water from those swollen tributaries would take long enough to flow into the larger river that it would not worsen flooding there.

Moreover, light to moderate flooding is expected to continue over Ohio. Residents are advised to keep an eye on flood-prone basements and watch for standing water on area roads with poor drainage.

"I've been here for 17 years and I've never seen the ice this high", Nicole Renzini, of Aberdeen Avenue, said as she scrambled to get her children and belongings to safety.

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