Heavy rain and melting snow causes flooding in parts of Central Ohio

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COLUMBUS (WCMH)–The combination of heavy rain and melting snow caused significant runoff into small streams, creeks and rivers, resulting in pockets of flooding.

A flood warning was issued for the Scioto River in Marion County at LaRue, where the river rose above the flood stage of 11 feet, and is expected to crest overnight at 13.3 feet, causing minor to moderate flooding. At bankfull, water could spread to E. Vine Street in the village of LaRue. Minor downstream flooding is expected at Prospect in the southern part of the county in the next 24 hours.

The Hocking River at Enterprise and Rockbridge is at flood stage and will crest up to a foot higher, mainly affecting the natural floodplain. Lowland flooding in poor drainage areas in other sections of mostly northern and eastern Ohio have been subjected to flooding, including the Muskingum River at Coshocton, and Wills Creek in Guernsey County.

Falling temperatures and a dramatic freeze-up tonight and Friday will slow the runoff, which will allow the rising water to level off and begin to recede. Another concern is the formation of ice in areas where standing water lingers and flooding is occurring.

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