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East End boating club nearly washed away by flood waters

The National Weather Service says the river has crested, and is expected to slowly fall below flood stage on Monday afternoon (Photo: FOX19 NOW/Ben Katko) The National Weather Service says the river has crested, and is expected to slowly fall below flood stage on Monday afternoon (Photo: FOX19 NOW/Ben Katko)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

Plenty of normally dry spots up and down the Ohio River remain under water.

A boating club in the city's East End was also nearly washed away by the flood waters that have swelled over the banks. With that, docked boats belonging to members at the Ohio River Launch Club went for an unexpected ride this weekend as those waters rushed by.

"I'm checking out my boat, which isn't where it's supposed to be,” said Ann Lugbill, who has a boat docked at the club.

With binoculars, Lugbill spent Sunday afternoon checking out the work to retrieve the equipment that started floating away, including the boat belonging to her and her husband.

"Apparently with the force of the water, and a lot of the logs that come downstream, all of the moorings let loose and the docks and all the boats attached to it floated downstream,” Lugbill said.

According to the club's website, it was founded in 1898. Located on Strader Avenue in the East End, the Ohio River Launch Club's website goes on to say the club is, “the oldest privately owned and operated boating club on the Ohio River.”

The equipment didn't go too far. It only traveled a few hundred yards before coming to a stop. But, the problem now for Lugbill is the land that's submerged under the water where her boat now floats.

"If my boat's still on land, it's not going to survive because it's not made to float on top of land. It's on a very steep embankment right now floating above it,” Lugbill said.

The high waters have drawn crowds on both side of the river's banks.

"It's way, way high,” said Michael Helvey of Covington.

Curiosity is what brought Helvey and his daughter to the river on Sunday.

"It looked like surfing. It went on my feet and it was going back and forth, and back and forth,” said Helvey's daughter, Alyssa.

Riverside Drive in Covington is where they went to see the rising water. On Sunday, the area was nearly unrecognizable as the river's water covered a parking lot and landing, making them seemingly disappear.

"When I lived over in Bellevue, it rose up pretty considerably high, but over here, I don't think I've seen it this high for a long time,” Helvey said.

The National Weather Service says the river has crested, and is expected to slowly fall below flood stage on Monday afternoon.

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