Ohio River Flooding Becoming an Annual Event in Cincinnati


This is the third straight February in the Tristate where the Ohio River has climbed above flood stage. The latest projection shows it cresting at just under 55 feet before falling back below the flood stage of 52 feet Monday night. Last February, the river got up to just over 55 feet and in February of 2018, there were many more issues because the Ohio got over 60 feet downtown before falling back.

The biggest flood we have seen in recent years was 1997 when the river went over 65 feet and the water came up as high as Third Street downtown

The worst flood ever in Cincinnati was in 1937. In that year the river went to 80 feet and 20% of the entire city of Cincinnati was under water.

Flood Statement

National Weather Service Wilmington OH

424 AM EST Fri Feb 14 2020

...The Flood Warning continues for the following rivers...

Ohio River at Portsmouth

Ohio River at Maysville

Ohio River at Meldahl Dam

Ohio River at Cincinnati

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424 AM EST Fri Feb 14 2020

The Flood Warning continues for

The Ohio River at Meldahl Dam

* from this evening to late Sunday night.

* At 4 AM the stage was 50.4 feet.

* Flood stage is 51 feet.

* Minor flooding is forecast.

* The river will rise above flood stage this evening and continue to

rise to near 51.8 feet by early Saturday afternoon.The river will fall

below flood stage Sunday evening.

* At stages near 52.0 feet, Lowland flooding of streets near Neville

continues. Water covers Route 52 near State Route 232 in Point

Pleasant, with backwater flooding up Big Indian Creek resulting in

high water along stretches of Route 232 close to the river.

Latest flooding projection

Latest flooding projection