OHIO VALLEY — The Ohio River was on the rise this past weekend with water levels continuing to go toward flood stage late Monday.
The National Weather Service is projecting water levels in the Ohio River to remain below flood stage throughout the region, keeping water from some area roadways by a few foot.
As of Monday afternoon, water levels at the Racine Locks and Dams are projected to crest at 36.5 feet at 1 p.m. on Tuesday (Christmas Eve). Flood stage at the location is 41 feet.
At 41 feet, water overflows onto Ohio 124 in Antiquity. At 42 feet water flows onto Ohio 124 in Minersville.
In Point Pleasant, the river is expected to crest on Christmas Eve night at a level of 37.3 feet. Flood stage in Point Pleasant is 40 feet.
At 40 feet, low lying areas surrounding point pleasant and vicinity are flooded due to backwater. Also, the amphitheater lower pier is flooded and half way up the steps.
At Robert C. Byrd Lock in Gallia County, projects are for a crest of 42.2 feet at 1 a.m. on Christmas morning. Flood stage at Byrd Lock is 50 feet.