Severe Weather Awareness Week: Flooding and flash flooding

Feb 24, 2018, 04:57
Severe Weather Awareness Week: Flooding and flash flooding

The rescue effort for a missing three-year-old boy swept into the Grand River has now turned to a recovery mission, Ontario provincial police confirmed to CityNews.

Portions of Indiana, Kentucky, and OH, including LEWIS COUNTY. That would be the highest since 64.7 feet (19.72 meters) during 1997 floods that claimed more than two dozen lives, majority in Kentucky. "Now we're pumping the water out of the city so we don't back it up onto people".

Meteorologist Allison Rogers says that the latest projection includes more rain that will fall Saturday.

The National Weather Service offices in Little Rock and Shreveport have issued flood warnings for rivers and bayous in the area due to ground that has already been saturated by heavy rain, and because more rainfall is expected.

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Current National Weather Service models show the river should reach its high point late Sunday or very early Monday at both Wheeling and Moundsville. "We also have our OPP emergency response team, so we will be searching both sides of the Grand River", OPP Const. Paul Nancekivell said.

SIX NATIONS OF THE GRAND-The Six Nations Fire Department has closed off Fourth Line Road at Mohawk Road as a result of flooding. At 11 a.m. Thursday, the stage was 6.9 feet and steady; flood stage is 6 feet. This would cause the river to go to even higher levels.

At 56 feet. flooding occurs along the river especially on the OH side in Adams and Brown counties, according to NWS.

Dwight Boyd, the Grand River Conservation Authority's director of engineering, said river levels had stabilized Wednesday morning but would remain high through Thursday as water from the Grand and Nith rivers made its way through Brantford.

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Downstream, a crest 0.1 feet above flood stage was forecast for Friday morning in Dundee, while an 0.5-foot crest was occurring in Monroe and flooding was forecast to end Sunday evening. Flood water will also affect a number of low-lying roadways, industrial sites & railways.

On Friday morning, crews in Covington, Kentucky, will be out installing floodgates on 16th Street near the Licking River levee and on Bakewell Street near the Ohio River.

A dual threat weather situation is in place across Arkansas through Saturday. Residents are advised to keep an eye on flood-prone basements and watch for standing water on area roads with poor drainage.

"We want to respond to the actual needs rather than imposing supports that aren't needed", she said.

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