Greenup County residents moving property to higher ground as Ohio River rises

Published: Feb. 19, 2018 at 10:44 PM EST
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A husband and wife in South Portsmouth, Kentucky, say they spent 17 hours Sunday moving belongings out of their home to higher ground, but they say the water kept rising, and they had to move their stuff even higher.

Mike Craigmiles' house sits near the foot of the West Portsmouth bridge. The Ohio River has swallowed his yard and begun to get in his house.

"We're just praying and hoping it starts to go back down," Craigmiles said. "They're getting a lot of rain up north, and it's starting to come this way, so hopefully the river is down before it gets here."

Nearby, the Little Sandy River is not seeming so little. Much of the Treasure Cove community off state Route 3307 is submerged.

"When it starts coming up, it comes up really quick," Joyce Hayes said.

Hayes says firefighters used a boat Saturday to rescue a man, woman, and dog near her home who were stranded by the high water.

Across the Ohio River, the Portsmouth Raceway Park is flooded once again.