Flooding prompts state of emergency in Brantford, Ont., some residents ordered evacuated

24 February 2018, 05:00 | Isaac Mcdaniel

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"Not because we think there is anything suspicious, but we are using their detectives to interview witnesses and get complete and thourough statements so we can document everything", said Nancekivell. Portions of state Route 8 in northern Kentucky become flooded, as well as portions of Lawrenceburg and Aurora, Indiana. This watch is for area creeks, streams and rivers to spill out and create flooding through Sunday.

Officials say they expect floodwaters to top Owensboro's downtown riverwall Saturday morning, posing only minor risks to mechanical equipment and marble paneling in Smothers Park.

Sekelsky said rain forecasts are not added to the flooding forecasts more than two or three days ahead of time.

Current National Weather Service models show the river should reach its high point late Sunday or very early Monday at both Wheeling and Moundsville.

On the north side of the Little River, water is also fast approaching homes in Sevier County. Access roads to commercial, industrial, and residential development are flooding.

As of 11 a.m. Thursday, the Ohio River was at 55.14 feet in Cincinnati. Fear of the rising river also prompted the evacuation of a nursing home in Ottawa.

Flash flooding will be a concern this weekend.

Melting snow and heavy rain prompted the National Weather Service to issue flood warnings for parts of northern IL and flood watches for central IL.

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Deputy fire chief Andrew Lillico said the city "wasn't out of the woods yet", with high river flows expected through the evening and a second surge of water expected as the Nith River feeds into the Grand, making the ice unpredictable.

Dry time has returned for now and no rain is expected until the very early pre-dawn hours on Friday.

Brantford Power is warning there may be power outages throughout the morning as the water levels rise.

Wednesday night into Thursday morning, the Tri-State area received 1-3 inches of rain.

The flood walls now are only raised halfway because the estimated water level height is only 53 feet, but Chambers said that the city is on standby in case of sudden rainfall if the walls need to be fully assembled.

The Flood Warning continues for... Residents are advised to keep an eye on flood-prone basements and watch for standing water on area roads with poor drainage.

"We have moved thousands and thousands of board feet of lumber up on top of the hill", he said.

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