Flood ALERTS with rain for the weekend

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Areas that are typically prone to flooding or areas along waterways could see standing water by late Saturday night into Sunday.

And while spring doesn't arrive until March, flooding already is a concern in the region.

Residents living in the areas of Holmedale, Old West Brant, and Eagle Palace were among those affected by the evacuation. On average, flooding is responsible for more deaths each year than lightning or tornadoes. Most flooding fatalities occur in vehicles.

But reports trickling in this morning suggest the overnight precipitation hasn't significantly worsened the flood. The EOC is for non life-threatening emergencies which are related to flooding, allowing the public a phone number to call to get information on road closings and to get questions answered regarding property damage, where to find cleaning supplies, etc. State Route 8 in Kentucky is flooded in low areas, as well as state Route 56 in IN and U.S. Route 52 in Ohio. The East End experiences flooding of some streets, basements of homes and businesses, as well as low-lying areas near New Richmond in Clermont County.

With the several rounds of heavy rain today and through the weekend, Little Rock to Pittsburgh could see an additional 3 to 5 inches - or more - of rain.

He went for a swim in the Ohio River at Smale Park where it had overflowed its banks.

Know what to listen for.

But the predicted river levels are not expected to reach those of 1997, the worst flood in recent memory, according to Al Randall, a meteorologist with the NWS.

A Flood Warning will be issued as flooding is ongoing or imminent.

A flooding warning has been issued for the Scioto River at Prospect, where minor flooding is expected in the next 24 hours. Be prepared to move to higher ground if necessary. Linda Moore, assistant site superintendent, reported numerous areas remain under closed and under water, including the visitor parking lot, boat ramp and adjacent parking as well as a few low-lying trails.

"After the water started coming into the basement, there was just nothing we could do", Ezzo said. Only 6 inches of fast-moving water can knock an adult over.

When driving, beware of unsafe debris in the roadway, and do not attempt to drive through a flooded roadway. "It rises much quicker and flows much faster".

A missing three-year-old boy who was swept into the Grand River near Grand Valley is highlighting the danger of driving through washed out roads in the area. Mechanical equipment, in some cases, is located in underground vaults near the edge of the river wall, so pumps are being readied as well, she said.

Be especially cautious at night.

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