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The Mighty Ohio May Rise Again

The Ohio River at Cincinnati was at 51 feet, Thursday morning. Flood stage is 52 feet.
The Ohio River at Cincinnati was at 51 feet, Thursday morning. Flood stage is 52 feet.

Communities along the Ohio River are taking part in a nearly annual tradition: preparing for flooding. As of Thursday afternoon, the National Weather Service's Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service expected the Ohio River at Cincinnati to crest at 54.6 feet. Flood stage is 52 feet.

According to the NWS, at 56 feet, "widespread backwater flooding along creeks and streams occurs with Route 8 in Kentucky, Route 56 in Indiana and both Route 52 and old Route 52 flooded in areas. Backwater flooding also affects Anderson Township, flooding numerous roads and basements."

Hamilton County closed Kellogg between Sutton Road and Four Mile; Four Mile between Kellogg and Gwendolyn Drive; and Eight Mile Road between US 52 and Hopper Road.

Clermont County started closing roads Thursday, including Steamboat Drive and Old US 52 at Nine Mile in Pierce Township, and Neville Spur Road in Washington Township.

Cincinnati Public School announced the temporary closing of Riverview East Academy. Students have Friday, Feb. 14 off. Staff must report to the Jacobs Center.

The parking lot at Cincinnati's Public Landing is always one of the first things to be affected by rising river levels.
Credit Bill Rinehart / WVXU
The parking lot at Cincinnati's Public Landing is always one of the first things to be affected by rising river levels.

Cincinnati closed McMillan between Ravine and McMicken Thursday morning because of a landslide caused in part by Wednesday's rain. "A team from Duke Energy is also on scene to address wires and a utility pole in the slide area," City Manager Patrick Duhaney said in a letter to the mayor and council. "Our emergency tree removal contractor will remove several affected trees in preparation of the removal of landslide debris."

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