East Liverpool residents told to leave before weekend flooding

Flooding is expected along the river and in low-lying areas of East Liverpool

Crews in East LIverpool, Ohio are working on a chemical leak in the Ohio River.
The Ohio River at East Liverpool.

EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio (WKBN) – The City of East Liverpool is advising residents who live in areas prone to flooding due to the Ohio River to find another place to stay starting Sunday night.

More rain on the way this weekend, and that means the possibility of more flooding.

East Liverpool had high water issues last week along the Ohio River. Minor flooding is expected by Sunday night. A Flood Watch is in effect right now. Residents might have to leave their homes during this next round of rain.

The National Weather Service (NWS) in Pittsburgh is forecasting the river at East Liverpool to rise 15 feet, flood stage is 14 feet. Minor flooding could cause minimal property damage and there is the possibility of public threat, which means you shouldn’t drive through the water or walk down by the river to check it out. Right now the river is at 7.5 feet. Flooding is considered moderate at 16 feet.

Due to forecasted rainfall of 1.5 to 2 inches by Sunday night, drainage from rivers could cause flooding.

“When you get to 16 feet there at East Liverpool you do see some impacts. You do see water flooding portions of River Road, below the Route 30 bridge,” said Chris Leonardi, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Pittsburgh.

The NWS is forecasting just over 13 feet for the river at Wellsville. Right now, it is at 6.4 feet. Flood stage is at 11 feet, minor flooding is considered at 14 feet.

Leonardi said it is too early to tell if evacuations will be needed in locations near the river.

“It depends exactly on how much rain falls and then how that impacts the river levels,” Leonardi said.

Latest river level forecast in East Liverpool

Latest river level forecast in Wellsville

Businesses along the river and in low-lying areas are being told to enact flood plans and take the necessary precautionary steps.

Storm Team 27 is monitoring the Ohio River’s levels. Click here to get the latest flood and weather alerts.


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