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Heavy rain causes local waterways to rise

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Sunday's heavy rain is causing local waterways to rise, closing some roads and schools and causing firefighters to warn residents about the dangers of high water.

Flooding has also caused Mason County Schools, Lewis County Schools and Pendleton County Schools in Kentucky to be closed Monday.

In Goshen Township, two young boys learned the dangers of high water the hard way when they had to be rescued Sunday from a rising creek.

Even though the rain has tapered off, river flooding remains a concern. Runoff from the rain will continue to cause area streams and creeks to run high.

The Licking River could reach 10 feet above flood stage this week. Early Monday morning, the river was measured at 31.4 feet. Flood stage is 28 feet. The river is expected to rise to 37.6 feet by Tuesday morning.

The Ohio Brush Creek above West Union is also a concern, as it was measured at 18.8 feet early Monday morning. Flood stage is 15 feet.

The rising of these rivers has prompted Adams County in Ohio and Campbell, Kenton, Pendleton, Carroll, Owen and Robertson counties in Kentucky to be under flood warnings.

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Heavy rain is also being blamed for at least 15 deaths in Tennessee and the Mid-South, where strong storms swept through over the weekend. Also, two deaths have been reported in Kentucky.

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