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24 February 2018, 04:59 | Bernice Figueroa
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Residents of Eagle Place were gathering children, packing belongings and gathering up pets early this morning due to the threat of flooding from the Grand River. Governor Eric Holcomb of IN plans to tour flood-damaged parts of northern IN on Friday.
The Woodman Park Community Centre at 491 Grey Street was set up as an emergency shelter for people with nowhere else to go.
Additional rounds of precipitation were expected Thursday through the weekend, which meteorologists warn could create additional flooding issues, with southeast Ohio and areas near the Ohio River looking to be the most vulnerable. "Backwater flooding worsens along the Little Miami and Licking Rivers, with some main level of homes flooded in the East End sections of Cincinnati".
Just a week ago, creek flooding occurred on several streams in the region, followed by Ohio River flooding over the weekend. Some homes and businesses between Route 52 and the river are flooded.
Melting snow and heavy rain prompted the National Weather Service to issue flood warnings for parts of northern IL and flood watches for central IL.
Flood warnings were in effect Friday for counties in central Arkansas as well as the state's north and south, the weather service said. At 11 a.m. Thursday, the stage was 6.9 feet and steady; flood stage is 6 feet.
Dwight Boyd, the Grand River Conservation Authority's director of engineering, said river levels had stabilized Wednesday morning but would remain high through Thursday as water from the Grand and Nith rivers made its way through Brantford.
Our first round of rainfall will arrive overnight and linger through 7:00 A.M. ET or 8:00 A.M. ET Friday morning. The river was expected to continue to rise through much of this week. Portions of Route 52 in OH, state Route 56 in IN, and state Route 8 in Kentucky are flooded.
The city also says the Ministry of Transportation has approved the reopening of several bridges and roads that had been off limits during the flooding. He told CTV Toronto that his basement had about nine feet (three metres) of water in it.
"I've been here for 17 years and I've never seen the ice this high", Nicole Renzini, of Aberdeen Avenue, said as she scrambled to get her children and belongings to safety.
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