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Ohio River To Crest Sooner, Lower Than Earlier Expected

The Ohio River creeps into Sawyer Point Tuesday morning.
Bill Rinehart
The Ohio River creeps into Sawyer Point Tuesday morning.

The Ohio River won't crest as high or as late as first thought. The National Weather Service now expects the highpoint to be 55.5 feet in Cincinnati at about 7 p.m. Tuesday. Hamilton County Emergency Management Director Nick Crossley says earlier predictions were above 56 feet.

"Seems like less than a foot wouldn't make a difference, but when you're down along Eastern Avenue, or on the west side, it can make a heck of a difference; for Coney Island, for Belterra and for the residents of California," Crossley told Hamilton County commissioners Tuesday afternoon.

Crossley says the river will start falling soon, but the ground is saturated and that could cause problems.  He says that goes for people who don't live in areas prone to flooding.

"The storm water system can become over capacity so we can start seeing basement backups. So I encourage people, if you've had flooding in the past, consider moving your appliances out if you can; raising them, if you can."

There are some roads closed because of high water now. Crossley expects the river to recede enough that they'll be reopened by Friday.

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Rinehart has been a radio reporter since 1994 with positions in markets like Omaha and Lincoln, Nebraska; Sioux City, Iowa; Dayton, Ohio: and most recently as senior correspondent and anchor for Cincinnati’s WLW-AM.