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    River Flood - Covington, Kentucky

    02/21/2000


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    Photographer Jeff Dobur, fomerly Ohio River Forecast Center
    Date taken February 21, 2000
    Location Covington, Kentucky (Kenton County)     map
    Event Flooding with ice

    Additional notes
    The Ohio River at Cincinnati rose to 54.1 feet on February 21, 2000, following widespread heavy rain across the Ohio Valley on February 19.  This put the river at minor flood stage, and 2 feet shy of moderate flood stage.  As seen here, stages above 53 feet begin to impact Covington, including putting Riverside Drive and the access road at Covington Landing under water.

    Related NWS Product:  River Flood Warning

    Safety Note: Road closure signs and barricades are put up for your protection.  Never drive around a road closed sign - turn around and go another way!  Half of all flood-related deaths occur in vehicles.  It only takes 2 feet of water to cause a vehicle to float, which puts you in significant risk of being taken off the road and carried away by the current.  Do not try to judge the depth of the water.  Even if you are familiar with the flooded road, water may have caused the road bed to erode, and the depth may be greater than you think it is.  Flood waters may also leave dangerous debris in the roadway.

    It is also dangerous to approach a flooded river by foot.  Slippery mud may cause you to slip into the water, where you may be dragged under by the river's current and dangerous eddies in the water, or hit by debris.


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