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.”
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.
Long-time and award-winning Cincinnati-area journalist, radio show host, podcast producer and photographer Joe Wessels is the founder and publisher (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.