BY JOE WESSELS
Loveland Local News
LOVELAND, Ohio — The Little Miami River is approaching historic flooding levels at both the Kings Mills and Milford National Weather Service river gauge locations – the two closest to Loveland.
Both locations are expected to rise quickly and then crest in the minor flooding range, which includes localized flooding near the river which may cover roadways quickly. Karl Brown Way in downtown Loveland typically floods when the river reaches 17 feet. It crossed that threshold shortly before 10 a.m. today, according to the weather service.
The weather service predicts the Milford river gauge will crest at 20.7 feet overnight Tuesday into Wednesday. It was at 17.31 feet at 9:30 this morning. Kings Mills is expected to reach 21.5 feet. It was observed to be at 18.35 feet at 9:40 a.m. today.
If expected rainfall continues, Kings Mills crest would rank 19th-highest historically. During the historic 1913 flood, Kings Mills reached 33.7 feet. This morning’s readings already place current flooding at 34th-highest on record – with the river continuing to rise. If the river reaches its current predicted level, it would come close to a September 1979 record, which currently ranks as the 24th-worst flooding on record.
If Milford’s predicted crest comes, it would rank 20th-highest crest on record. The highest was 33.7 feet on March 26, 1913. Preliminary readings already put current flooding also at 34th-highest at Milford. It would roughly tie a crest on November 6, 2017.
The rivers are expected to return to their banks during the overnight hours Thursday morning, according to the weather service.
Loveland and Loveland-Symmes Fire Department officials have not updated social media accounts regarding this round of flooding or any subsequent street closures.