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Flood waters infiltrate Tri-State landmarks, neighborhoods

St. Rose uses the back wall of the church to measure record floods.  The water level on Sunday isn't high enough to make the wall, but it's only inches away (Photo: FOX19 NOW/Ben Katko) St. Rose uses the back wall of the church to measure record floods. The water level on Sunday isn't high enough to make the wall, but it's only inches away (Photo: FOX19 NOW/Ben Katko)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The Ohio River is a sight to be seen these days, as it's swelled past flood stage, spilling over onto Tri-State streets.
 
Flood stage is normally around 52 feet, but on Sunday, the river was measured over 57 feet.  This is the second time in a week flood waters have taken over parts of the Tri-State.
 
"It's really grown fast and risen high.  We could walk on Riverside Drive the other day on the sidewalk and on the street,” said Christi
Blair, who lives in Covington.
 
Blair and her daughter just had to get a look at what is just a few blocks from their home. The scene is a familiar one up and down the
Ohio River.
 
"I couldn't believe that it was higher than it was yesterday,” said Linda Witte of Madeira, who went to take pictures of the rising water
at St. Rose in the East End.
 
St. Rose uses the back wall of the church to measure record floods.  The water level on Sunday isn't high enough to make the wall, but
it's only inches away.
 
"There was actually cars driving all the way down the road and cutting on this back road, and today, it's completely filled with water,”
said Witte.
 
Belterra Park and Coney Island are underwater.  The Montgomery Inn Boathouse is being threatened by the flood waters.  Homes in the city's
East End are underwater, with some of them pumping water out of their property.  In New Richmond, they've declared a state of emergency.
 
"We're survivors in the Village of New Richmond,” said Greg Roberts, New Richmond village administrator.
 
It will be some time before things are back to normal.  The river isn't expected back below flood stage until Thursday.
 
"This is a rare occurrence.  We haven't seen water anywhere near this high since 1997,” said Roberts.
 
Red Cross shelters that were opened in Over-the-Rhine and New Richmond have been closed.  The Red Cross workers at the OTR shelter at
the Boys and Girls Club say that no one needed any emergency shelter at the facility during this round of flooding.
 
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