Monday, May 21, 2001

Flooding possible with rain forecast

By Jennifer Mrozowski
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        The rising waters of the Ohio River claimed their first casualty Sunday: Riverbend Music Center's season-opening concert. With a rainy week in the forecast, more problems are possible in Southwest Ohio.

        Flooding potential “is heightened because you've just had flooding along the Ohio River basin,” National Weather Service hydrologist Monte Wheeler said.

        Heavy rains late last week caused flooding in south-central Ohio. Rain totaled 4-7 inches. As rivers emptied into the Ohio River, fairly steady increases were seen at points along the Ohio.

        The Ohio River was expected to crest at 42.5 feet Sunday night, about 9.5 feet below flood stage, but high enough to cause problems in some low-lying areas.

        A warm front moving into the area late Sunday was a recipe for showers and thunderstorms expected to spread northeast across Ohio today. Below-normal temperatures and mostly after noon showers are expected through Friday.

        Temperatures will fall by midweek, with highs in the low 60s Tuesday and in the upper 50s Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, AccuWeather forecasters say.

        With water lapping at its amphitheater, Riverbend called off Sunday's “Volunteer Jam” concert. The show will be rescheduled, and tickets honored for the later date.

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