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Flood Waters Close Central Ohio Roads, Inundate Cincinnati

The Ohio River flooded portions of Cincinnati over the weekend.
The Ohio River flooded portions of Cincinnati over the weekend.

The rain may be gone, but flood waters continue plaguing parts of Central Ohio.

On Columbus’ south side, the ramp from Interstate 270 East to U.S. Route 23 North was closed Monday morning because of flood waters.

Other closures reported on Monday included both directions of State Route 762 between U.S. 23 and State Route 104.

Ohio Governor John Kasich says preparations by local and state officials ahead of heavy rains and expected flooding helped Ohio "dodge a bullet" with no loss of life reported to this point.

Kasich held a briefing Sunday at the state's emergency operations center.

He pointed to last week’s order to activate 40 soldiers from an Ohio National Guard engineering company to raise floodgates along the Ohio River in Portsmouth.

Kasich issued an emergency declaration Saturday in 17 southern and eastern counties that would allow for activation of more National Guard soldiers if needed.

Counties included in the declaration are Adams, Athens, Belmont, Brown, Clermont, Columbiana, Gallia, Hamilton, Hocking, Jackson, Jefferson, Lawrence, Monroe, Meigs, Muskingum, Scioto and Washington.

On Sunday, the Ohio River in Cincinnati crested at 60.5 feet. That’s the highest level there since 1997 when flood stage reached 64.7 feet. The river is expected to remain above flood stage the rest of the week.

On Sunday, parts of downtown Cincinnati were under water. That included hundreds of parking spots used by downtown workers.

National Weather Service meteorologist Kristen Cassady says no rain is forecast until mid-week.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this story

Steve Brown grew up in nearby Richwood, Ohio and now lives there with his wife and sons. He started his journalism career as a weekend board operator at WOSU while majoring in journalism at Ohio State, where he also wrote for the student newspaper The Lantern and co-founded the organization Students for Public Broadcasting.