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Ohio RIver Region Fishing Report – March 27th, 2015

Cincinnati — The Ohio River was very slowly receding March 16 after reaching its highest level in two decades, and forecasters expect it to stay above flood stage for most of the week, according to the Associated Press.

Melted snow and rainfall have caused flooding that swamped roads, businesses, and homes in scattered low-lying areas in the Cincinnati region, which includes southeast Indiana and northern Kentucky. At least half a dozen homes were evacuated, and dozens of businesses remained closed because they had flooding or access roads were closed by high water.

The National Weather Service said the river was at 57 feet March 16, after cresting on March 15 at 57.7 feet – seven feet below the 1997 level that caused severe, widespread flooding in the Cincinnati area.

Forecasters said the river will be above the 52-foot flood stage until late March 19.

“It’s a large river. It carries more water,” meteorologist Brian Coniglio said. “It’s going to take a long time.”

Officials in the village of New Richmond some 20 miles southeast of Cincinnati said at least five homes flooded, and many roads in the area had water over them. Numerous basements in the Cincinnati area had water in them, too.

A Hamilton County emergency management official said that reports were still being compiled, but overall flooding problems appeared to be “very minimal” across the county that includes Cincinnati.

Bary Lusby, operations manager for the county Emergency Management Agency, said a family was evacuated from a flooded rental home in the California neighborhood and at least one other house was flooded in that eastern Cincinnati community.

“The biggest impact is to the businesses,” Lusby said. “Roads are closed, and that’s affected a number of businesses.”

The Montgomery Inn Boathouse in downtown Cincinnati was among the riverfront businesses still closed March 16. The restaurant closed March 14 because of the rising river.

“It gets in our basement,” said Lisa Mikula, event manager at the restaurant.

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