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Floods Across Daviess County Keep Riverfront Park Under Water and Schools Closed

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DAVIESS COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
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Much of Smothers Park along the Owensboro riverfront remains under water from recent rains and floodwaters. The Ohio River crested near 48 feet on Tuesday, about eight feet above flood stage.

John Clouse is deputy director of Daviess County Emergency Management. He says an inch or more of mid-week rains are expected to keep the river above its banks a while longer. 

"We should see a gradual but steady decline in the height of the river. Somewhere around Friday or Saturday we should see some significant droppage," said Clouse. "A couple feet here, a couple feet there, which when you’re talking about something the size and the width of the Ohio River, that’s a considerable amount of water.”

Clouse says 67 county roads and another 13 state roads in Daviess County have been closed to due flooding.

Daviess County schools were closed Tuesday and Wednesday due to flooded roads that could prove hazardous for school buses picking up students across the county.

 

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Rhonda Miller began as reporter and host for All Things Considered on WKU Public Radio in 2015. She has worked as Gulf Coast reporter for Mississippi Public Broadcasting, where she won Associated Press, Edward R. Murrow and Green Eyeshade awards for stories on dead sea turtles, health and legal issues arising from the 2010 BP oil spill and homeless veterans.
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