By Frank Lewis
Weather officials are predicting the Ohio River at Portsmouth to crest at “near flood stage” on Sunday.
“Right now they have run computer models that have factored in the amount of rainfall that we received, which was nearly four inches from Monday until last (Wednesday) night,” Kim Carver, director of the Scioto County Emergency Management Agency, said. “A three day storm total of 3.8 inches for our area. Some isolated areas had an even higher amount, probably an average of four inches of rainfall from this storm event.”
Carver said the computer models are saying the Portsmouth area will reach near flood stage at Portsmouth which is 50 feet, but there will most likely not be a need to erect the flood gates. Carver said those models are run every day and are always subject to change.
“We had just enough of a reprieve in between heavy rainfall the past three days that it did permit the watershed to have a little drainage time between each of those heavy rain events,” Carver said. “And truthfully it stopped raining just in time because we were approaching a rainfall that was going to present some significant issues. While we did have some localized minor flooding issues in the usual low spots we really were fortunate that the rain stopped when it did.”
The National Weather Service at Wilmington has issued a flood warning for the Scioto River at Piketon.
“They’re predicting that river to crest at a little above 20 feet which poses low-lying area flooding that is adjacent to the river there in Pike and Scioto County,” Carver said. “We’re looking for that crest on Saturday and the Ohio River to crest on Sunday.”
The NWS said at stages near 21 feet, several roads near the Scioto are flooded including county roads along creeks emptying int the Scioto River. Ohio 220 at River Road was flooded south of Waverly Thursday. Meanwhile, Scioto and Camp Creek townships in southern Pike County were the most impacted.
Frank Lewis can be reached at 740-353-3101, Ext. 252, or on Twitter @FrankLewispdt.