Paducah City Officials Closely Monitor Ohio River As Heavy Rainfall Causes High Waters

Feb 12, 2019

Paducah city officials say they are closely watching forecasts issued by the National Weather Service regarding flooding around the Ohio River.

Paducah Public Information Officer Pam Spencer said forecasts predict the river will crest Wednesday at 47 and a half feet.

City Engineer-Public Works Director Rick Murphy said the city is on high alert. But he says the current predictions do not require the floodgates to be installed.

The river would have to rise to 49 feet or higher before the city begins preparations for gate installation.

The gates were last installed in February of 2018 when similar heavy rains brought flooding throughout the region.