Flooding Concerns Prompt Governor To Issue Emergency Declaration

The NWS said the impact of flooding could affect homes on S. Christianson Road and Happy Hollow Park.

The heavy rains last week have led to massive flooding from Louisiana to MI.

"This will contribute to a significant risk of flash flooding", the service said in a warning. At the Point where the OH and Little Kanawha rivers meet, the river was forecast to crest at 41.5 feet Monday evening, 5.5 feet above flood stage at Parkersburg and Belpre.

Kasich issued an emergency declaration Saturday in 17 southern and eastern counties that would allow for activation of more National Guard soldiers if needed. So far this month, the region has recorded 4.92 inches of rain, making it one of the wettest in history. There could be minor erosional flood damage to low lying areas and farm lands in Janesville and Afton is anticipated.

Flooding is nothing new for neighbors in low-lying areas like River Road, which is right across from the Ohio River.

Saturday night: Mild, with periods of rain. Emergency teams were out installing more flood gates over the weekend.

"We still want people to be aware of their surroundings, especially those along creeks and streams, which could flash flood if a heavy band of rain comes through", Ober said. The rains won't cause the river to rise to major flooding.

Now that the threat of flooding appears to be over, Allen said there may be a problem with a wind advisory which was issued for the area predicting gusts up to 50 miles per hour with a cold front moving in.

"So we've got the brooms, the squeegees, the mops and whatever in the county, ready to go should we get the call", said Ivan.

Over the past several days, Grand Rapids residents have experienced what the city is calling near historic flooding.

  • Rosalie Stanley