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Flood of 2018 update: South Portsmouth (Ky.) homes expected to flood

Nikki Blankenship
Scioto County Candor

As more and more rain pours down on the area, flood warnings could continue until the end of the week.
Last week, the Flood of 2018 closed roadways throughout the county. Floodwalls went up in Portsmouth, protecting City residents; however, faulty pumps put New Boston underwater, shutting the Village down for nearly an entire day.
Both the Ohio and Scioto rivers are continuing to rise, and it does not look like things will dry up for several more days.
The National Weather Service (NWS) has updated the flood warning for Scioto County, stating that at 4 a.m. Sunday the Ohio River was at 51.2 feet. Flood stage is 50 feet.
“Minor flooding is occurring and is forecast to continue,” the NWS warning explained. “The river will rise to near 53.7 feet by Tuesday evening. The river will then begin falling, but remain above flood stage for the next five days.”
However, more rain is predicted for Wednesday and Thursday.
The NWS added that at 53 feet, water will be entering homes in South Portsmouth (Ky.).
“Backwater flooding from the Ohio River worsens onto area creeks, especially along the Ohio side of the river through Scioto and Adams counties,” the warning stated. “Flooding continues through stretches of Route 52.”
Should you experience flood waters, the NWS says you should avoid walking or driving through the water, only walk through water that is not moving, seek higher ground and avoid camping or parking along waterways.
Flood warnings are issued when flooding is imminent or already occurring.
“This warning signifies a longer duration and more gradual flooding of counties, communities, streams, or urban areas. Floods usually begin after 6 hours of excessive rainfall,” the NWS explained.
The flood warning remains in effect until further notice.

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