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Preparing for the flood

Preparing for the flood

"Not because we think there is anything suspicious, but we are using their detectives to interview witnesses and get complete and thourough statements so we can document everything", said Nancekivell. 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.

The 16.5-foot level is just enough to cause what the weather service described as "major" flooding in the Stryker area.

Two days of rain in southern Wisconsin swelled waterways, leading to a handful of high-water rescues for people stranded in their vehicles.

A downpour dumped an inch of rain in Athens and parts of Limestone Thursday morning, said Daphne Ellison, manager of the Limestone County Emergency Management Agency.

Moderate flooding is expected along much of the Ohio River from gauges in Ashland to Henderson, cresting in Owensboro on Monday at about 47 feet, according to the NWS Ohio River Forecast Center. Six Nations and Haldimand County are also seeing water levels rise with run-off. Hundreds of homes and businesses were affected, the Lansing State Journal reported.

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

"Stay away from the river - and that is not just for today or this afternoon or this evening, that will be for the next couple days at least".

The rain that fell in Grand Rapids on Friday, Feb. 23, is not expected to worsen the flooding in the Grand River this weekend, Sekelsky said.

Only minor flooding was occurring Thursday along the Maumee near Defiance and Waterville; at the latter, the river barely reached flood stage Thursday and was expected to retreat back to within its banks by Friday morning.

A dual threat weather situation is in place across Arkansas through Saturday.

By Sunday, the weather service expects the water to be flowing at 33,600 cubic feet per second past the Blue Bridge in downtown Grand Rapids.

City officials in Lowell closed off S. Jackson Road on Thursday in anticipation of river flooding.

In addition, GoBus has altered its route because of flooding concerns in Marietta.

As of last week, the spring flood potential for the Mississippi River along Union County's border was forecast to be average or normal. Drivers are cautioned not to drive through standing water.

"We need to be vigilant for the next 24 hours", he said.

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