Flood warning: Ohio River to crest Wednesday

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Huntington city workers monitored Harris Riverfront Park and set up barriers closing the park to citizens due to dangerous water levels.

As power companies began restoring the last grids of power to thousands of residents, due to an intense ice-storm, heavy rains have caused a new issue: flooding.   

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a flood warning for the area until March 4 at 8:30 p.m.   

The National Weather Service website lists flood warnings for four counties in Kentucky, two in Ohio and six in West Virginia. They also listed areas, state parks and lakes that will see high water levels.   

“Flooding is already occurring in the warned area. Water levels have reached above moderate flood and are still rising for the next 12 hours,” the website said.   

According to the NWS the Ohio River was measured at 51.2 feet in Huntington, at 9 a.m. March 2, with flood stage at 50.0 feet.   

“The river is expected to rise to a crest of 51.8 feet tomorrow [March 3] morning. It will then fall below flood stage early March 4 afternoon,” according to the website.   

This site says residents last saw this flood level in January 2005.   

The NWS also warns to avoid high waters and not risk attempting unknown waters.   

“Turn around, don’t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles,” the website says.   

Brittany Hively can be contacted at [email protected]  

Water levels continue to rise up the pillars of the Ashland Bridge. (Staff )