Heavy rainfall around Tri-State causes flooding

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The rainfall around the Tri-State is causing some problems on the roadways, and in local homes.

There are dozens of reports of high water Friday morning. High water was reported on northbound I-75 near Hopple Avenue, blocking at least one lane. Artimis signs were lit up, alerting drivers. I-75 southbound at the ramp to Mitchell Avenue also has high water blocking part of the road.

A flood warning is effect for Adams County.

As of 2 p.m. Friday:

  • Ohio River at Cincinnati was at 43.1 feet. Forecast: 47.5' by Monday (52 feet is flood stage)
  • Ohio River at Maysville was at 39.1 feet. Forecast: 45.3' by Monday night (50 feet is flood stage)
  • Great Miami River at Miamitown was at 14.71 feet.  Forecast: 14.1 feet by Saturday morning  (16 feet is flood stage)
  • Little Miami River at Milford was at 15.73 feet.  Forecast: 15.41' by Saturday morning (17 feet is flood stage)

Local plumbers tell FOX19 they have been inundated with phone calls this week from homeowners with flooded basements. They also expect even more business in the next 24 hours.

"You're getting all the rain water overloading the broken pipes or the tree roots and you're getting flooding inside the homes," says Mike Sekach, licensed plumber.

Although you can't always plan for a leaky pipe or heavy rainfall, you can have your pipes and sump pump checked on a regular basis. Some companies even offer a free drain vision to see exactly what is going on to prevent any flooding.

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