USA – Rising Rivers Cause Flooding in Ohio and West Virginia

West Virginia Governor Jim Justice issued a state of emergency on Saturday 17 February, 2018, for all 55 counties of the state due to flooding.

Heavy rain and some snow triggered flooding in several areas and caused rivers to rise including the Ohio, West Fork, Tiger Valley, Little Kanawha, Buckhannon and Monongahela.

Overflowing creeks and rivers also caused some flooding in eastern and southern Ohio, in particular in Jefferson and Belmont Counties, where emergency teams made several flood rescues on 17 February, according to local reports.

National Weather Service says that the Ohio River is at Pomeroy, Ohio, is above major flood stage (50 feet) and as of 19 February stood at 50.4 feet.

The Ohio is at moderate flood stage at 3 points in West Virginia: Belleville Lock, Racine Lock and Point Pleasant. The river is thought to have crested and levels are forecast to subside over the coming 24 to 48 hours. Along the Ohio River in Kentucky however, levels are still rising and the Ohio is above moderate flood stage at Ashland and Lloyd Greenup Lock.

Further heavy rain is expected over the coming days. NWS Cleveland issued a Flood Watch for Northwest Ohio earlier today.

NWS Wilmington said that the Ohio River at Cincinnati reached its flood stage of 52 feet as of 18 February.

“Minor flooding is occurring and minor flooding is forecast. The river will continue to rise to near 55.9 feet by Wednesday morning before falling below flood stage Friday morning.”

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Flood Summary

Last updated: February 27, 2018
Event
Midwest and Southern USA, Southern Canada, February 2018
Date
February 16, 2018
Type
Flash flood, River flood
Cause
Extreme rainfall, Long-term rainfall, Snow melt

Locations

A - Pomeroy, OH (United States)
B - Jefferson, OH (United States)
C - Belmont, OH (United States)
D - Cincinnati (United States)
E - Point Pleasant, WV (United States)
F - Marseilles (United States)
G - Peotone (United States)
H - Fairplain (United States)
I - Croton Township (United States)
J - Lansing (United States)
K - Elkhart (United States)
L - Goshen (United States)
M - South Bend (United States)
N - Janesville (United States)
O - Rockwall (United States)
P - White Rock Creek (United States)
Q - Stilwell (United States)
R - Sodus Township (United States)
S - Orangeville (Canada)
T - Brantford (Canada)
U - Niles (United States)
V - Chatham-Kent (Canada)
W - Kalamazoo (United States)
X - Union County, Kentucky (United States)
Y - Simpson County, Kentucky (United States)
Z - Camden, Arkansas (United States)
- Watseka, IL, USA (United States)
- Grand Ecore, Louisiana (United States)

Magnitude

River level
15.85 metres
Ohio River at Cincinnati - February 18 to February 18, 2018
River level
15.36 metres
Ohio River at Pomeroy, Ohio - February 19 to February 19, 2018
River level
14.478 metres
Ohio River, Point Pleasant, WV, - February 19 to February 19, 2018
River level
5.25 metres
Thames river at Chatham-Kent, Ontario - February 25 to February 25, 2018
River level
12.46 metres
Ouachita River at Camden, Arkansas - February 26 to February 26, 2018
- 40.9 feet – 60.3 feet (moderate flood stage) – 9.7 feet – 26.8 feet – 50.49 feet
River level
18.38 metres
Ohio River, Cincinnati - February 26 to February 26, 2018
River level
2.95 metres
St Josephs River, South Bend, Indiana - February 26 to February 26, 2018
River level
8.17 metres
St Josephs River, Elkhart, Indiana - February 26 to February 26, 2018
River level
15.38 metres
Ohio River at Cannelton Lock and Dam, Kentucky / Indiana - February 26 to February 26, 2018
Rainfall level
60.7 mm in 24 hours
Meridian, Mississippi - February 25 to February 26, 2018
Rainfall level
63.5 mm in 24 hours
Jackson, Mississippi - February 25 to February 26, 2018
Rainfall level
61.2 mm in 24 hours
Cincinnati, Ohio - February 24 to February 25, 2018
Rainfall level
77.2 mm in 24 hours
Louisville, Kentucky - February 24 to February 25, 2018
Rainfall level
80.8 mm in 24 hours
Evansville, Indiana - February 24 to February 25, 2018
Rainfall level
57 mm in 24 hours
Lansing/Capital City, Michigan, USA - February 20 to February 21, 2018
Rainfall level
64 mm in 24 hours
Grand Rapids/Kent Co Michigan, USA - February 20 to February 21, 2018
Rainfall level
69.6 mm in 24 hours
South Bend/St.Joseph Co., Indiana, USA - February 20 to February 21, 2018
Rainfall level
54 mm in 24 hours
Chicago/O'Hare, Illinois, USA - February 20 to February 21, 2018
Rainfall level
64.6 mm in 24 hours
Lurgan Beach, Ontario, Canada - February 20 to February 21, 2018
Rainfall level
76.0 mm in 24 hours
Lucknow, Ontario, Canada - February 20 to February 21, 2018
Rainfall level
73.1 mm in 24 hours
Flesherton, Ontario, Canada - February 20 to February 21, 2018
River level
7.25 metres
Illinois River at Morris, Illinois, USA - February 21 to February 21, 2018
River level
3.50 metres
Muskegon River at Croton Dam, USA - February 21 to February 21, 2018
River level
4.28 metres
Grand River at Lansing, Indiana, USA - February 21 to February 21, 2018
River level
8.65 metres
St Joseph River at Elkhart, Indiana, USA - February 22 to February 22, 2018
River level
3.80 metres
Elkhart River at Goshen, Indiana, USA - February 21 to February 21, 2018
River level
5.14 metres
St. Joseph River, Niles, Indiana, USA - February 21 to February 21, 2018
River level
5.27 metres
Sugar River at Albany, Wisconsin - February 21 to February 21, 2018
River level
4.86 metres
Calcasieu River near Glenmora, Louisiana - February 27 to February 27, 2018
River level
10.45 metres
Red River at Grand Ecore, Louisiana - February 27 to February 27, 2018

Damages

Rescued
6 people
Ohio - February 16 to February 20, 2018
Fatalities
6 people
USA - February 19 to February 26, 2018
Missing people
1 person
Ontario, Canada - February 19 to February 23, 2018
Evacuated
400 people
USA - February 19 to February 23, 2018
Estimated figure - no official overall figures are available for the USA