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Ohio River Expected To Reach 60 Feet By Tuesday

Ohio River under a bridge
Bill Rinehart
There is no let up for the Ohio River, with more rain predicted.

The National Weather Service predicts the Ohio River at Cincinnati will reach 59.5' by Tuesday, a level the river hasn't seen since the flood of 1997.

Meteorologist Brian Coniglio says the "major" flood category doesn't kick in until the river gets to 65'. "We're going to be in the moderate flood level until Sunday, and at that point, unfortunately, after the additional rainfall we're expecting, perhaps 3-5 inches, we're looking for a rising river again."

Flood gates and barriers remain up in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.

"We're on top of it," Cincinnati City Manager Harry Black told City Council Thursday. "Everyone's working well together. We will continue to update you. Unfortunately there will be some inconveniences in terms of road closures but, again, the paramount objective is to protect people and protect property."

With more than 30 years of journalism experience in the Greater Cincinnati market, Ann Thompson brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her reporting. She has reported for WKRC, WCKY, WHIO-TV, Metro Networks and CBS/ABC Radio. Her work has been recognized by the Associated Press and the Society of Professional Journalists. In 2019 and 2011 A-P named her “Best Reporter” for large market radio in Ohio. She has won awards from the Association of Women in Communications and the Alliance for Women in Media. Ann reports regularly on science and technology in Focus on Technology.