Major storm brings flooding to central and southern US

Major storm brings flooding to central and southern US

Major storm brings flooding to central and southern US

Preparations by local and state officials ahead of heavy rains and expected flooding helped OH "dodge a bullet" with no loss of life reported as of Sunday night, Republican Gov. John Kasich said.

A violent storm system with relentless rains and fierce winds that pounded the southern and central USA over the weekend could lead to treacherous flooding in the days ahead. Saturday afternoon the river reached 57 feet, well above the 52-foot flood stage.

The Ohio River is approaching the major flood level and has overcome its banks in Cincinnati, Ohio and Louisville, Kentucky, among other cities.

The Short Creek and North Fork areas of Ohio County were hit especially hard by flash flooding.

On Monday, the Ohio River near Portsmouth crested at 53.3 feet, according to both the National Weather Service and Mark Puckett, supervisor of Flood Defense for Portsmouth. The Ohio River may crest near Louisville today, as parts of Arkansas and IN are bracing for major flood damage.

The floodwaters are still rising and crews are working hard to keep the raging Ohio River at bay. Clay County Sheriff Terry Miller told KAIT-TV that Albert Foster died Saturday night after the home was blown into a pond.

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Kudos to all the city, county, state and emergency management leaders and employees who made a series of wise decisions - and put in the hard work - this past week to do as much as possible to protect the Tri-State region from flooding.

TODAY: Occasional Rain, heaviest south.

On Tuesday, downpours and gusty thunderstorms will drench areas from central Texas to central Arkansas and southern Tennessee, AccuWeather said.

After a couple of lovely and much needed dry days across Kentuckiana, we will be back in the rain today with a warm front to our south.

"It may have just an inch of water", Allen said, adding he will be assessing drains Monday with the street department but saying, "The street department did an excellent job Friday of going out and making sure all the drains were open".

Significant flooding is occurring along the Illinois River in Cherokee County as the river continues to swell after several days of excessive rainfall. Backwater flooding from the Ohio River can worsen on area creeks, especially along the Ohio side of the river through Scioto and Adams counties.

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