Residents Along Great Miami River Prepare For Worst

(MIAMITOWN, OH) -- The National Weather Service says the Great Miami River could surge 10 feet above flood stage by Wednesday or Thursday.

That would put the level in the top five floods ever recorded for the Great Miami.

And that's causing a lot of concern.

People in Miamitown and along the Great Miami know that with evidence like this. They could be in for a long week.

When the rains come, a ritual starts for Ron Schmidt.

He moves all his ballfield equipment away from the Great Miami River, which has flooded more than once in the time. Ron's owned the Riverfront West ballfield and pavilion.

"You know, you run out of luck, and I think we've been pretty lucky and I think this is the one where we ain't going to be lucky," said Schmidt.

And when Ron's unlucky, it's bad.

In 2005, flood waters filled the dugouts where kids play ball each summer.

By then, Ron had started marking flood levels on his pavilion wall.

Throughout Miamitown, residents are watching the Great Miami River once again, looking for a flood that could hit record levels and stop traffic in the streets.

"You know, it's a big rush of water, you know as soon as it comes in, it goes," said Peter Warby. "I've got some friends further downstream, down in Cleves, and they're real worried about it.

At the ballfield, Ron's worried, too.

He doesn't want the next flood to be the one that washes away his life's work, but Ron says come Thursday, he already knows what he might see at the field: "A big beautiful lake."

Wouldn't be the first time. Sara Gouedy