Ohio River Heading for Nearly 52 Feet Saturday Crest

HNN Staff
Ohio River Heading for Nearly 52 Feet Saturday Crest

HUNTINGTON, WV (HNN) – Continuing steady showers will continue through Friday, but the Ohio River will crest at around 52 feet, according to the National Weather Service.

The rainy Spring will push the Ohio above flood stage , which is 50 feet, for the first time since 2005.

While the river means minor flooding officially, Huntington’s aging infrastructure could experience street and viaduct flooding. Permanent fixes for the aging system have been estimated as high as three quarters of a billion dollars for full separation and construction of a storm water system.

The Corps of Engineers recently inspected the 70-year old floodwall which was constructed after the 1937 flood that pushed the river to nearly 70 feet. Council has discussed requested repairs recommended by the Corps. However, the levee will also be inspected in the near future by FEMA. In addition, the full Corps report on the floodwall has not been made public.

Viaduct flooding particularly creates detours for emergency traffic. The heaviest rains often have all the underpasses underwater which aside from a lengthy cuts off the Southside from the rest of the city.

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