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California, Ky residents prepare if river floods

California, Ky (Photo: FOX19 NOW/Gordon Graham) California, Ky (Photo: FOX19 NOW/Gordon Graham)
Residents of California, Ky fear flooding after snowfall (Photo: FOX19 NOW/Gordon Graham) Residents of California, Ky fear flooding after snowfall (Photo: FOX19 NOW/Gordon Graham)
CALIFORNIA, KY (FOX19) - Melting snow is causing the Ohio river to rise which poses a threat to people living in low-lying areas along the river's edge. Folks in California, Ky are taking it all in stride.

At the end of California's Eldorado Avenue, the river has risen to within inches of the ground level and it might not take much before the area becomes flooded and that's something folks from the area are keeping an eye on.

"I just have friends that live down here. I'm watching out for their campers while they're at work. It's my only day off. Got to try to watch to make sure nothing goes away before they get home," California resident Ron Stamper said.

Neighbors helped one person pack up his trailer to be moved to higher ground before the area started to flood.

"One more feet it's going to cover up the road to where you're not going to be able to get out. Then when it gets up to 53 there will probably be a foot and a half, two feet here," Scott Woodford said.

"They probably got until the end of the day to get all this stuff out of here. Like I said, once it crests that bank there it takes this whole plain out," Mike Massey said.

Past experience has taught these folks not to take any chances.

"If you look at that building down here to the right there's a red streak across the top of it. About four years ago it was almost all the way up to that red streak," Part-time California resident Jim Huber said.

And if flooding does occur?

"I'm going to go. If it rises too high, yeah," Ralph Getz said.

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