CINCINNATI (FOX19) - The Ohio River continues to rise Wednesday morning, closing roads along or near the waterfront and Belterra Park.
Ohio 32 is blocked to all traffic between Newtown and Clough Pike in Anderson Township after water has risen over the highway in the area, Cincinnati police said just before 7 a.m.
Traffic on Ohio 32 under the Beechmont Levee from eastbound Beechmont is blocked from turning onto the Ohio 32 Bypass.
Detour east one block to Elston near the UDF and turn into the Skytop Pavilion and then proceed back and take the westbound ramp from Beechmont to Ohio 32.
“EXPECT MAJOR TRAFFIC DELAYS this afternoon in Mt. Washington and the Village of Newtown due to these closures,” CPD said.
Schmidt Boat Ramp and Field in the East End as well as the playfields around Riverview East Academy also are closed due to rising waters, according to police.
Mehring Way between Sixth Street and Freeman Avenue is closed and will remain that way until the river recedes, officials with the Greater Cincinnati Water Works say.
The roads closed include:
- Kellogg Avenue between Sutton Road and Belterra Park Road
- Four Mile Road between Kellogg Road and Gwendolyn Drive
- Eight Mile Rd between US-52/Kellogg Road and Hopper Road
- Old Kellogg Road at Nine Mile Tobasco Road
- Lawrenceburg Road between Miamiview and U.S. 50 in western Hamilton County
Due to the rising waters of the Ohio River, The City of Newport and Covington have closed their floodwall gates.
Cincinnati police tweeted out other road closings.
The Ohio River remains in minor flood stage and is expected to crest at moderate flood stage in the following locations:
- Cincinnati: 56 feet early Thursday
- Meldahl Dam: 53.3 feet early Thursday
- Maysville: 54.5 feet Wednesday night
- Markland Dam: 50.6 feet Wednesday night
Once the Ohio River crests, it is expected to fall Thursday and Friday and faster through the weekend.
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