Landslide closes all but 1 lane of Columbia Parkway

Tri-State has already received more than 3x the normal amount of rain for June

Columbia Parkway landslides

CINCINNATI, Ohio (FOX19) - Heads up, East Siders: A landslide on one of the city’s most heavily-traveled roads will impact your commute Thursday.

Columbia Parkway was shut down except for one eastbound lane between Torrance Parkway and Bains Street, Cincinnati police said.

But to accommodate rush hour traffic, two eastbound lanes will be open between Kains Street and Kemper Lane.

The westbound side of the parkway is expected to remain closed at William Howard Taft Road to downtown through this weekend.

To help ease traffic congestion, one westbound lane on Riverside Drive/U.S. 52 between Kemper Lane and Hazen Street has been reopened. The lane will remain open until crews can safely reopen a lane on westbound/inbound Columbia Parkway.

A landslide closed it about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday and a second tree fell onto the main east-west thoroughfare near Kemper Lane Thursday morning.

The city engineer is on scene and says that will prevent one westbound lane from reopening in time for the morning commute. Now, they will try to get it open for the evening commute.

The city is working to open at least one westbound lane of Columbia Parkway by 6:00 a.m. Monday, June 24.

Detour onto William Howard Taft to southbound Interstate 71 to get Downtown.

Or, avoid this area altogether by taking Interstate 275 to I-471 in Northern Kentucky and cross the Big Mac Bridge over the Ohio River to Third Street.

Heavy rain Wednesday continued to flood roads, backyards and some homes and businesses.

Sutton Avenue is shut down due to flooding, and eastbound Riverside Drive is closed due to storm sewer work, Roadmap Cincy tweeted early Thursday.

Westbound Riverside Drive is only temporarily open through the morning rush to give some relief for drivers with westbound Columbia Parkway closed.

The heaviest rain has ended, and most of us should stay dry for the morning commute Thursday.

Some areas could see a few scattered showers for the morning drive.

A Flash Flood Watch remains up until 8 p.m. Thursday.

So far this month, the Tri-State has seen than three times the normal amount of rain we should in June. The remaining 11 days left this month also look wet.

Wednesday was another case of rain coming hard and fast. causing flash flooding across the area.

Additionally, as of 11:30 p.m., there were as many as 16,000 power outages in northern Kentucky -- specifically the Newport and Bellevue areas.

Now just 182 customers are in the dark, according to the utility’s website.

The Ohio River will remain above action stage, or 40 feet, until the weekend when it will begin to recede.

It will rise to just below 43 feet by Friday morning.

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