Spring Flood Risk

Flood Threat Close-By

The Luck of the Irish held sway on Monday as St. Patty’s Day came and went rather uneventfully. The overcast skies did try to “spritz” upon us, but no important rains fell to dampen the spirits of revelers. I did have one report of a sleet shower in Huntington. With a chilling wind blowing, I would give this report some credence.

My day was spent in Mrs Brewster’s and Mrs Muth’s 2nd grade class at Fatima Elementary here in Huntington. These inquisitive 2nd graders passed the weather test with flying colors as we discussed how there is N.E.W.S. in the wind. That’s a moniker for north, east, west and south.

Turns out today’s pesky northeast winds kept temperatures from rising as high as expected. Cool and cloudy weather meant Leprechauns kept their greenest jacket handy as a few sprinkles lit up the 3D Doppler Radar scope in green, of course! Rather “verde” weather if you ask me!

Now comes word that another soaking rainstorm is due in town Tuesday night and Wednesday. With aggregate rains expected to exceed an inch for many and perhaps as much as 2 to 4 inches in parts of Southern Ohio, the risk of flooding will need to be closely monitored.

Since the 2 to 4 inch rain band is most likely to lay out from Louisville to Cincinnati to Columbus, at first glance it would appear our region would deal only with nuisance street flooding on Wednesday. But that region of Interior Southern Ohio along the Scioto and Hocking Rivers will need to be closely scrutinized since the ground is still very wet here from recent rains and melted snows. If the 2 to 4 inch band manages to slide south into this area of Southern Ohio, flooding would become a bigger concern.

Meanwhile, the Scioto remains out of its banks from Chillicothe to Piketon to Portsmouth with water flowing freely into the fertile bottomlands. Given the river has been in flood for going on 2 weeks now, and with the spring plowing and planting season around the corner, farmers are no doubt just a tad antsy as they await the inevitable drop in the river and subsequent farming to be done.

Officially, as of Monday evening, Lewis, Ky and Pike and Scioto Ohio are due to go under a flood watch on Tuesday into Wednesday. We will keep you posted on any high water threat that develops.

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