PHOTOS: Flooding creates headaches

BY JOE WESSELS
Loveland Local News

LOVELAND, Ohio — This isn’t the worst flooding Loveland has ever seen. Not by a long shot.

“They’ve had it where it has covered Nisbet Park before,” said Otto Huber, Loveland-Symmes Fire Department chief, as he surveyed the water rising from the Linda J. Cox Trailside Parking lot next to Loveland Canoe and Kayak, a river outfitter. “Water comes up from O’Bannon Creek and it’s water all over.”

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The fire department showed up to help coordinate moving vehicles out of the lot, assist moving property from the river outfitter and preparing to spray water on the parking lot after the water recedes – which the National Weather Service predicts will be totally back in its banks sometime early Thursday morning.

Meanwhile, Mark Bersani, the canoe business’ owner, said he had expected to open this weekend for the big Memorial Day holiday. He said this rainfall will make that impossible – even if the water does recede. The water will still be too fast to navigate safely for most canoers and kayakers, he said.

The train trestle at Broadway Street and Karl Brown Way in downtown Loveland had lower clearance than the normally low clearance, thanks to Little Miami River flood waters.
A road closed sign in the foreground on Karl Brown Way in downtown Loveland warns fo the raging Little Miami River behind it.
Loveland-Symmes Fire Chief Otto Huber talks with a firefighter in the Linda J. Cox Trailside Parking lot in downtown Loveland after surveying the rising water during Little Miami River flooding.
Mark Bersani, owner of Loveland Canoe & Kayak, wades out of floodwaters at his business and home. His wife and daughter are on the second-floor balcony.
Loveland Canoe and Kayak moved some items out of the rising waters – with help from employees at Eads Fence – and placed them in the Linda J. Cox Trailside Parking lot in downtown Loveland.
Loveland Canoe and Kayak owner Mark Bersani rolls a tire out of the flood waters.
A car pulls up to the water’s edge on Cones Road in Loveland. After a few minutes, the car backed up, turned around and left the area.
Cayden Deyer of Loveland went for a run in the pouring rain on the Little Miami Scenic Trail.
A Loveland Police Department officer patrols the Little Miami Scenic Trail and inspects flooding on the river below.
Flooding along Cones Road in Loveland when the Little Miami River overflowed its banks.
Julianne Wagoner, of Loveland, sips a beer on Cappy’s Wine and Spirits patio as the flooded Little Miami River rushes just feet behind her.
Loveland Farmers’ Market director Donald “Woody” Woodruff works to set up a temporary farmers market location near Nisbet Park. The market’s normal location, the Linda J. Cox Trailside Parking lot, was flooded.
Nisbet Park was visited by a sightseer who exits the partially flooded park after taking photographs with her smart phone.
Little Miami River waters rise behind a home on Riverside Drive at Ohio Avenue in Loveland. The homeowner said the water was forecasted to crest at the base of his foundation. His wife’s family has owned the home for generations and this “wasn’t anything new.”
Little Miami River waters rise across the street from Tufts Schildmeyer Family Funeral Home on Riverside Drive in Loveland. Here, yet-to-be-used gravestones are submerged in this rising river waters.
The Carl A. Rahe Access area on Davis Road was completely underwater.
The Carl A. Rahe Access area on Davis Road was completely underwater.
Kings Mills Road – which runs along the flooded Little Maimi River – in Foster was completely impassable.
The Monkey Bar & Grille in Foster was not flooded, but the water was getting very close to their patio.
The U.S. Route 22 bridge over the Little Miami River with a flooded river below it.
Flooded Little Miami River view from Shore Drive Park on Shore Park Drive in Symmes Township. The Loveland Castle is across the street.
flooding in MIlford OHio
Flooding in Milford, Ohio.
Photographs by Rachel Richardson, Milford OH Neighborhood Group. All rights reserved. For rights permission, call (513) 899-6397 or email [email protected]

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Long-time and award-winning Cincinnati-area journalist, radio show host, Podcast producer and photographer Joe Wessels is the founder and editor (and kinda the do-everything guy) of Loveland Local News. Previously, Wessels was the Cincinnati City Hall and Hamilton County reporter for The Cincinnati Post and a weekly columnist for Cincinnati CityBeat where he regularly broke news. Wessels moved to Loveland in 2014 and quickly realized Loveland would be a great place to fulfill his dream of creating his own online news and information publication.

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