Minor flooding is occurring and minor flooding is forecast for the Ohio River at Portsmouth. The flood stage is 50 feet, and is expected to rise to near 54 feet by Monday morning. The National Weather Service at Wilmington said the river will remain above flood stage into next week at stages near 55 feet. Backwater flooding affects portions of Sciotoville, New Boston and other sections outside the floodwall area.
Minor flooding continues to be forecast for the Scioto River at Piketon. The river will rise to near 22.5 feet this evening, and is expected to fall below flood stage early Monday afternoon. At stages near 23 feet, backwater flooding worsens along creeks flowing into the Scioto River. Stretches of several low-lying roads near the river are flooded. Scioto and Camp Creek townships in southern Pike County experience the most significant flooding.
Scioto County Engineer Craig Opperman said the following roads are closed at this time due to high water:
• Careys Run Road at U.S. 52
• Lick Run Lyra Road at Howard Furnace Road
• Lick Run Lyra Road at Turkey Foot Township Road
• Clinton Furnace Road at Turkey Foot Township Road
• Clinton Furnace Road at the 1.3 mile marker (McAllister Road)
• Clinton Furnace Road at the 4.3 mile marker (Knapp Road)
The Ohio Department of Transportation says these state routes are closed:
• Ohio 239 at U.S. 52 West Portsmouth
• U.S. 52 exit ramp to Ohio 852 in Scioto County
• Ohio 73 underpass at U.S. 52 and Ohio 852 in Scioto County
• Ohio 73/104 south to the Second Street Bridge in Portsmouth
• Ohio 220 at River Road, south of Waverly in Pike County
• Ohio 650 at its junction with U.S. 52 and the railroad bridge underpass at Hanging Rock in Lawrence County
• Ohio 650 at the 9.0 mile marker just south of Ohio 522 in Lawrence County.
All closures will remain in effect until further notice, and additional closures may be necessary as creek and river water rise.