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Ohio River to Remain Above Flood Stage for Several Days

Emil Moffatt

Forecasters expect the Ohio River to remain above flood stage for most of this week after reaching its highest level in two decades on Sunday morning.

Robert Szappamos with the National Weather Service in Louisville says the river has crested in both the upper and lower parts of the McAlpine Dam.

“Over the next few days will begin a slow fall, so the worst of the flooding is what you have right now," Szappamos commented.

Forecasters say the river will be above its 52-foot flood stage until late Thursday.

Melted snow and rainfalls have caused flooding that swamped roads, businesses and homes in scattered low-lying areas across the region.

Devin Katayama joined WFPL News in summer 2011. He adds to the newsroom a diverse perspective having lived and reported in major cities across the U.S. and spending time in Peru reporting on human trafficking. Devin earned the 2011 Studs Terkel Community Media Scholarship Award for his report on homeless youth in Chicago. He reports on education affairs in Kentucky and Indiana.