Street and Stream Flood Alert

High Water Threat Lurking

Think of it! A week ago we braved sub-zero temperatures on 3 straight nights as the coldest spell of the still young 21st century wore away at our dispositions as well as our subterranean infrastructure.

Broken water pipes (Ashland), rock slides (Hernshaw) and potholes (Huntington) from the thaw that followed have been among our big stories at wsaz.com.

Chances are high those events will increase in number throughout February into March as frequent southern storms bring us copious rain, ice and snowfalls.

Adding to our well-being concerns, a sudden Sunday night-Monday morning snow and ice fall; as much as 10 inches falling in the Big Bend area of Meigs and Mason Counties. This snow has a large water content and just as importantly, there is a healthy amount of ice from sleet in the snow pack.

Given that many storm drains will be clogged with this super heavy snow pack, widespread street flooding in Southern Ohio and Northern Kentucky Tuesday night is likely as the snow pack absorbs more than its fair share of rain water. In effect, there will be huge ponds of water that will surround any clogged storm drain.

Meanwhile a Flood Watch for small streams was issued by all 3 National Weather Service offices serving the wsaz.com region. Hydrologists in Charleston, Jackson Kentucky and Wilmington Ohio have sounded an early alarm for possible high water late tonight and Wednesday morning.

For home owners prone to urban basement flooding, make sure those French drains and the city storm drain outside your house is free of snow and ice. This will allow a steady flow of water into the underground sewer system.

For folks living along streams prone to high water, monitor water levels frequently until the risk of heavy rain ends.


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