Keep A Close Eye on the Ohio

A mixture of the melting of February and potentially moderate to heavy rainfall the next couple days has the potential to cause serious flooding in the Upper Ohio Valley.  There are several alerts from the National Weather Service that will will copy/past below:

THE FLOOD WATCH CONTINUES FOR THE OHIO RIVER AT MONTGOMERY * FROM SUNDAY EVENING TO MONDAY MORNING. * AT 10:00 PM THURSDAY THE STAGE WAS 17.5 FEET. * MINOR FLOODING IS POSSIBLE. * FLOOD STAGE IS 33.0 FEET. * FORECAST… FLOOD STAGE MAY BE REACHED BY SUNDAY EVENING.

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… THE FLOOD WATCH CONTINUES FOR THE FOLLOWING RIVERS IN PENNSYLVANIA… OHIO… WEST VIRGINIA… OHIO RIVER AT PITTSBURGH AFFECTING ALLEGHENY COUNTY OHIO RIVER AT DASHIELDS AFFECTING ALLEGHENY COUNTY OHIO RIVER AT MONTGOMERY AFFECTING COLUMBIANA… BEAVER AND HANCOCK COUNTIES OHIO RIVER AT EAST LIVERPOOL AFFECTING COLUMBIANA… JEFFERSON… BEAVER AND HANCOCK COUNTIES OHIO RIVER AT WELLSVILLE AFFECTING COLUMBIANA COUNTY OHIO RIVER NEAR NEW CUMBERLAND AFFECTING JEFFERSON AND HANCOCK COUNTIES OHIO RIVER AT STEUBENVILLE AFFECTING JEFFERSON AND BROOKE COUNTIES

OHIO RIVER AT WELLSBURG AFFECTING JEFFERSON AND BROOKE COUNTIES OHIO RIVER AT PIKE ISLAND AFFECTING BELMONT… JEFFERSON AND OHIO COUNTIES OHIO RIVER AT WHEELING AFFECTING BELMONT AND OHIO COUNTIES OHIO RIVER AT MOUNDSVILLE AFFECTING MARSHALL COUNTY OHIO RIVER AT POWHATAN POINT AFFECTING BELMONT… MONROE AND MARSHALL COUNTIES MONONGAHELA RIVER NEAR CHARLEROI AFFECTING FAYETTE… WASHINGTON AND WESTMORELAND COUNTIES MONONGAHELA RIVER NEAR ELIZABETH AFFECTING ALLEGHENY… WASHINGTON AND WESTMORELAND COUNTIES MONONGAHELA RIVER AT BRADDOCK AFFECTING ALLEGHENY COUNTY ALLEGHENY RIVER AT CW BILL YOUNG DAM AFFECTING ALLEGHENY COUNTY YOUGHIOGHENY RIVER AT SUTERSVILLE AFFECTING ALLEGHENY AND WESTMORELAND COUNTIES

. RUNOFF FROM A COMBINATION OF MELTING SNOW AND FORECAST RAINFALL THROUGH THE NEXT 60 HOURS MAY BRING MANY OF THE FORECAST POINTS ALONG THE YOUGHIOGHENY, CHEAT, MONONGAHELA, CONEMAUGH AND OHIO RIVERS ABOVE FLOOD STAGE. C.W. BILL YOUNG DAM ON THE ALLEGHENY RIVER MAY ALSO REACH FLOOD STAGE. FLOODING MAY START ALONG THE CHEAT, YOUGHIOGHENY, AND CONEMAUGH RIVERS FRIDAY. THE RAINFALL FORECAST WILL BE REFINED AS WE PROGRESS INTO THE WEEKEND. RAINFALL TOTALS OF GREATER THAN TWO INCHES BY LATER IN THE WEEKEND WILL PRODUCE LARGER RISES THAN FORECAST.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

SAFETY MESSAGE… A WATCH MEANS THAT FLOODING IS POSSIBLE BUT NOT A CERTAINTY. RAINFALL OF [… ] INCHES TO [… ] MAY CAUSE FLOODING. ACTUAL RAINFALL AMOUNTS AND POTENTIAL FLOODING WILL ULTIMATELY DEPEND ON THE DIRECTION AND SPEED OF THE STORM. PEOPLE IN THE WATCH AREA SHOULD KEEP AN EYE ON THE WEATHER AND BE PREPARED FOR IMMEDIATE ACTION SHOULD HEAVY RAINS AND FLOODING OCCUR OR A RIVER FLOOD WARNING BE ISSUED.

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.. FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH SUNDAY EVENING…

THE FLOOD WATCH CONTINUES FOR

* PORTIONS OF EAST CENTRAL OHIO… PENNSYLVANIA AND WEST VIRGINIA… INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING AREAS… IN EAST CENTRAL OHIO… BELMONT… COLUMBIANA… JEFFERSON OH AND MONROE. IN PENNSYLVANIA… ALLEGHENY… ARMSTRONG… BEAVER… BUTLER… CLARION… FOREST… GREENE… JEFFERSON PA… LAWRENCE… MERCER… VENANGO AND WASHINGTON. IN WEST VIRGINIA… BROOKE… HANCOCK… MARION… MARSHALL… MONONGALIA… OHIO AND WETZEL.

* THROUGH SUNDAY EVENING

* THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CONTINUES TO ADVISE THAT SMALL STREAMS NOW SWOLLEN FROM THE CONTINUED SNOW MELT MAY BEGIN TO FLOOD STARTING TONIGHT. PERIODS OF RAIN TONIGHT INTO SUNDAY… AND IN PARTICULAR POTENTIALLY WIDESPREAD HEAVIER RAIN SATURDAY… WILL FURTHER INCREASE THE RISK OF FLOODING FOR SMALL STREAMS AS WELL AS FOR POINTS ALONG THE MONONGAHELA… ALLEGHENY… BEAVER AND UPPER OHIO RIVERS AND THEIR TRIBUTARIES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A FLOOD WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR FLOODING BASED ON CURRENT FORECASTS OF SNOW MELT AND RAINFALL.

YOU SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE ALERT FOR POSSIBLE FLOOD WARNINGS. THOSE LIVING IN AREAS PRONE TO FLOODING SHOULD BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION SHOULD FLOODING DEVELOP..

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Flood Alerts

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Flood Watch for:
Ashland
Ashtabula Inland
Ashtabula Lakeshore
Athens
Belmont
Carroll
Columbiana
Coshocton
Crawford
Cuyahoga
Erie
Gallia
Geauga
Guernsey
Hancock
Harrison
Holmes
Huron
Jefferson
Knox
Lake
Lawrence
Lorain
Lucas
Mahoning
Marion
Medina
Meigs
Monroe
Morrow
Muskingum
Noble
Ottawa
Portage
Richland
Sandusky
Seneca
Stark
Summit
Trumbull
Tuscarawas
Washington
Wayne
Wood
Wyandot

River Flood Warning for:
Defiance (Tiffin River at Stryker)
Fulton (Tiffin River at Stryker)
Holmes (Killbuck Creek at Killbuck)
Lake (Grand River at Painesville)
Lorain (Black River at Elyria)
Marion (Scioto River at Larue)
Wayne (Killbuck Creek at Killbuck)
Williams (Tiffin River at Stryker)

River Flood Watch for:
Belmont (Ohio River at Pike Island Lock & Dam+D2748)
Belmont (Ohio River at Powhatan Point)
Belmont (Ohio River at Wheeling)
Columbiana
Columbiana (Ohio River at Montgomery Lock & Dam)
Columbiana (Ohio River at Wellsville)
Defiance (St. Joseph River OH/IN at Newville)
Jefferson
Jefferson (Ohio River at New Cumberland Lock & Dam)
Jefferson (Ohio River at Pike Island Lock & Dam+D2748)
Jefferson (Ohio River at Steubenville)
Jefferson (Ohio River at Wellsburg)
Noble (Ohio River at Powhatan Point)
Williams (St. Joseph River OH/IN at Montpelier)

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