Ohio River to Reach Flood Stage This Week
By West Kentucky Star Staff
PADUCAH, KY - As heavy rains Thursday and Friday drenched southern Illinois and western Kentucky, the resulting runoff is already being noticed in rising water levels along the Ohio River. The National Weather Service office in Paducah has issued flood warnings at some points along the river for the coming week.
At Shawneetown, a flood warning is already in effect with a gauge reading of 34.1 feet on Saturday. Flood stage is 33 feet.
At Grand Chain Dam, a flood warning goes into effect from this Monday morning until further notice. As of Saturday morning the river was at 35.1 feet.
Flood stage is 42.0 feet. Forecasters expect minor flooding to occur when the river reaches flood stage by late Monday morning and continues to rise to near 44.6 feet by Wednesday morning. Additional rises are possible.
At Golconda, a flood warning goes into effect beginning Tuesday morning. On Saturday the Ohio River was at 35.9 feet; it is expected to reach flood stage of 40 feet by Tuesday and cause minor flooding while it rises to 42 feet by Friday.