Scioto, Pike counties under flood watch through Friday

Staff Report

With a moderate but steady rainfall expected to arrive beginning Wednesday evening and lasting into Thursday night, the National Weather Service at Wilmington has issued a flood watch effective from Wednesday evening through Friday morning.

The watch area includes Scioto, Pike and Adams counties.

According to the weather service, showers will develop along a cold front today. This front will lay out along the Ohio and West Virginia border Wednesday night and Thursday. After an initial round of rain today, steady and moderate rainfall is expected overnight and Thursday northwest of this boundary, roughly following the Interstate 71 corridor. More rain will fall overnight Thursday, associated with an elevated low-pressure trough.

With several inches of rain possible, some flooding may occur.

People in the watch area, especially those living in areas prone to flooding, should be prepared to act should flooding develop. Monitor the latest forecasts and be alert for possible flood warnings.

According to the weather service website, the level of the Ohio River at Portsmouth is expected to almost double over the next few days. As of this writing on Oct. 30, the river sat at 23.7 feet. Weather service predictions showed the river beginning to rise dramatically starting at 3 p.m., Thursday, cresting at around 44 feet by Saturday.

Flood stage for the Ohio at Portsmouth is 55 feet. That does not necessarily mean localized flooding will not occur away from the river.

Staff Report