Covington to install floodgate Monday

NKY flooding preparations

COVINGTON, Ky. (FOX19) - Traffic at the foot of Madison Avenue will be cut to one lane Monday morning as crews as crews prepare to install the gate in the floodwall holding back the rising Ohio River, Covington city officials said.

A large crane will arrive late morning to help crews begin the 10-hour process of installing the gate at the Madison Overlook, according to Public Works Director Rick Davis.

Cars will still be able to get in and out of the garage at the base of the Embassy Suites by Hilton at RiverCenter, he said, but “it’ll be tricky.”

The latest forecast from the National Weather Service in Wilmington now calls for the Ohio River to rise to “moderate” flooding stage of 56.3 feet Tuesday into Wednesday morning.

The river will slowly fall, but remain above flood stage into Friday morning.

This is expected to be the worst flooding the area has seen since the river swelled to just a few feet more - 60.53 feet in February 2018. Major chunks of southwestern Ohio including Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky and southeastern Indiana were under water. It was the highest the river reached since the floods of 1997.

The river had risen over 20 feet in less than a week and - buoyed by the weekend’s rain - continued all weekend to exceed projections by a large margin.

"The projection jumped 8 feet in day," Davis said.

More information about the city’s preparations will be released Monday, said Davis, who was at the Public Works garage Sunday night drawing up plans.

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