Mighty Ohio a Spectacle for Easter Weekend

Eyes on Ohio River for Easter Weekend

It’s the traditional start of the boating season as the Easter weekend kicks into high gear. There are Easter egg hunts galore and since these are on terra firma, the worst that will be encountered will be some mud under foot/egg.

Laurabree Austin reminds me of the 4000 (as in thousand) egg hunt extravaganza at the Lick Creek Ball Park in Madison sponsored by the local Moose Lodge. Starts at 1 and kids, they have bicycles to give away!

Back to the boating season where vessels should remain in port this weekend as the mighty Ohio lives up to its muddy reputation. The Ohio will remain high and swollen but not quite in flood all weekend long. This implies danger for would-be boaters who would challenge the river.

The beauty and might of the river was center stage when I interviewed Mr. Saylor of Russell Kentucky. “It’s hard to believe looking at how high the Ohio is today (Thursday) that we will be enjoying concerts here this summer”. Saylor said this with water having swallowed the steps of the Harris Riverfront amphitheatre.

I want to stress that backwater flooding will be a problem all weekend long on tributaries leading into the mighty Ohio. So the Chickamauga Creek behind Gallia Academy and Cliff Side Golf Course, the Guyandotte River from Guyandotte thru Althitzer and all the way into Barboursville, the Little Sandy in Greenup and the Scioto River in West Portsmouth are all in for an Easter weekend of high water.

Look for the Ohio to slow its flow and steadily drop next week as our ferocious Lion-like weather tames to a lamb-like BAHHH!

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