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Snow melt, rainfall create flooding concerns

FOX19 - With a weather roller coaster on the way, the Tri-State is already gearing up for both snow and flood events.

It's a welcome sound. Several inches of snow are finally starting to melt but where it goes next could be a problem. FOX19 NOW found storm drains in Clermont County fairly clear of snow and ice debris but in Covington several remained snow covered and frozen resulting in pooling water on city streets.

Clermont County Emergency Management Director, Pam Haverkos, said her office is preparing to deal with clogged drains and culverts, rising river levels and standing water on roadways.

"It's really going to be a slow rising event because we are going to have this prolonged rain, snow event. It's not going to be the traditional flash flood event that catches someone off guard,” said Haverkos.

Greater Cincinnati Water Works and the Metropolitan Sewer District are taking precautions too. The Ohio River is expected to swell to 51 feet by the end of the week. MSD's Storm Water Management Utility anticipates activating flood operations at the Mill Creek Barrier dam by Friday.

They are also warning the public to use caution during any flood event. Never try driving through standing water, avoid creeks or rivers where water can rise rapidly and keep children clear of storm drains or flooded areas.  Also, if you have a basement that tends to flood be extremely cautious of standing water as it could create electrical hazards.

Any MSD Customers that believe they may be experiencing a sewer backup should immediately call 513-352-4900.      

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