Cincinnati's Ohio River Expected to Hit Flood Stage This Weekend

Clay Curtis
February 16, 2020

The National Weather Service projects an above-normal risk of flooding this spring in the Missouri and Mississippi River basins, which include western and eastern Iowa, according to a spring flood outlook released Thursday.

The Mississippi River Basin also has very wet soil conditions, which means that almost every river across eastern Iowa could reach flood stage this spring, according to the National Weather Service.

Currently, the river is around 47 feet - seven feet above "action" stage. The likelihood of minor flooding in Iowa City this spring actually is lower than the historical risk. In addition, major flooding is not forecast for most local tributaries.

Screenshot from the First Spring Flood Outlook
Screenshot from the First Spring Flood Outlook Credit Quad Cities National Weather Service

"This is determined from the current snow melt and snow pack and if we get. we will be watching. if we get into a scenario where we will get warm weather and dry weather. that will lesson our potential for flooding", Jessica Brooks, a service hydrologist with the National Weather Service, said. "The real threat for flooding will rely on getting some heavy spring rains, which is harder to quantify". The forecast heightened concerns in areas of Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri with levees that still have extensive damage from massive flooding a year ago. Flood stage is 46.0 feet.

In recent years, Cedar Rapids has put projects in place to reduce the effects of flooding.

Michelle O'Neill reports the agency held a press conference at its office in Davenport following last year's record flood.

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