NWS: Ohio River approaching flood stage

The National Weather Service in Paducah has issued this hazardous weather outlook is for portions of Western Kentucky, Southwest Indiana, Southern Illinois, and Southeast Missouri.

Minor to moderate flooding will continue along many area rivers through Sunday. There are flood warning in effect as a result of recent heavy rainfall.

This includes the Ohio River at Newburgh Dam, which affects Henderson, Daviess, Vanderburgh, Warrick, and Spencer counties.

The Ohio River at Mount Vernon, which affects Henderson, Union, Vanderburgh and Posey counties.

The Ohio River at Shawneetown, which affects Union, Hardin, Crittenden, and Gallatin counties.

The Ohio River at J.T. Myers Dam, which affects Union and Posey Counties.

The Ohio River is expected to rise about flood stage at several locations during the first half of the week. For the Ohio River, including Newburgh Dam, Mount Vernon, J.T. Myers Dam, and Shawneetown – minor flooding is forecast.

The flood warning remains in effect from Tuesday morning until Saturday afternoon for the Ohio River at Mount Vernon. As of 6 a.m. Monday, the stage was 33.8 feet. The river is expected to rise above flood stage late Tuesday morning to a crest of 36.5 feet Thursday evening. It will then fall below flood stage late Saturday morning. The flood stage is 35 feet.   

The Ohio River at Newburgh Dam was 38.4 feet as of 9 a.m. Monday morning. The National Weather Service expects the maximum river stage within the next 24 hours. The river is expected to rise to a crest of 40.7 feet early Thursday morning. It will then fall below flood stage – which is 38 feet – Thursday morning.

Widespread showers and thunderstorms return to the forecast Friday and Friday night. A few strong or severe thunderstorms cannot be ruled out Friday afternoon and Friday night along with heavy rain.

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