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Ohio River reaches flood stage: What to expect this weekend

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The Ohio River is rising, and the latest projections show it cresting well above flood stage this weekend.

Rain and snow have hammered Cincinnati and upriver regions over the past week, and more precipitation is forecast this week.

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The river reached flood stage Thursday night, climbing above 52 feet around 7 p.m. The National Weather Service has forecast the Ohio River's waters to reach 54.6 feet by Saturday night. Flood waters are expected to recede beginning Sunday.

At 54 feet, expect flooding in several portions of California, East End and Anderson Township, particularly around the Coney Island area. Access roads at Covington landing will also become flooded, and New Richmond will experience flooding. Lower levels of Smale Park and Bellevue Beach Park will also see water.

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It's an all-too-familiar story in February across the Cincinnati area, with major flooding leaving a noticeable mark across the city in 2018 and 2019. By comparison, the Ohio River crested at 55.5 feet in February 2019, and 60.5 feet in February 2018.

Here’s a timeline of where and when you can expect flooding.

Thursday, 7 p.m.NWS forecasts waters to reach 52.1 feetAt 52 feet, Increasing sections of Kellogg Avenue from east of Delta Avenue upstream to near Coney Island to near Eight Mile Road are flooded, as well as parts of Humbert Avenue in the East End of Cincinnati. Most of Public Landing is flooded, as well as Riverside Park off River Road.

Friday, 7 a.m.

NWS forecasts waters to reach 53.3 feet

At 53 feet, the access road at Covington Landing becomes flooded. Flooding begins on Riverside Drive in Covington. Flooding in California worsens as well as in Anderson Township. New Richmond in Clermont County also experiences flooding, as well as worsening flooding in the East End. Backwater flooding up Laughery Creek between Dearborn and Ohio Counties in Indiana causes flooding along Nelson Road and Cole Lane. Lower levels of Smale Park and Bellevue Beach Park are flooded.

Friday, 7 p.m.NWS forecasts waters to reach 53.9 feetLevels near 54 feet. Backwater flooding spreads up the lower Little Miami River as far upstream as Newtown, with flooding worsening in California and in Anderson Township. Low-lying areas near New Richmond in Clermont County also flood. Flooding also worsens in the East End. Flooding near Petersburg, Kentucky along Bellevue Road near the Woolper Creek Bridge occurs, as well as near State Route 56 and Water Street near Aurora, Indiana. Sawyer Point Amphitheater area is flooded, along with Riverside Drive in Covington.

Saturday, 7 a.m.NWS forecasts waters to reach 54.5 feetBackwater flooding spreads up the lower Little Miami River as far upstream as Newtown, with flooding worsening in California and in Anderson Township. Low-lying areas near New Richmond in Clermont County also flood. Flooding also worsens in the East End. Flooding near Petersburg, Kentucky along Bellevue Road near the Woolper Creek Bridge occurs, as well as near State Route 56 and Water Street near Aurora, Indiana. Sawyer Point Amphitheater area is flooded, along with Riverside Drive in Covington.

Saturday, 7 p.m.

NWS forecasts waters to reach 54.6 feet As of Thursday afternoon, the National Weather Service is saying this is the highest the river will get, with floodwaters slowly receding after. The Ohio River is expected to dip below flood stage early Tuesday morning.

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