Areas around the Ohio River experience flooding

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The Black River at Black Rock was at 23 feet Sunday morning, almost nine feet above flood stage.

The Ohio River water levels were slightly receding Saturday afternoon, but a new round of rain is expected to move in by Saturday evening.

At press time Sunday, Vargo said the Ohio River at Wheeling was expected to crest at 34.9 feet, which is below the city's flood stage of 36 feet.

Following a week of rainfall, flooding and tornadic activity, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky saw over the weekend what havoc a 60-foot Ohio River surge can cause.

"The ground is so saturated with water, any additional water - there's nowhere else for it to go except to the river", said Safety Service Director Brian Allen.

By Sunday, Storm Team 27 Chief Meteorologist Paul Wetzl is tracking the possibility of two or more inches of rain.

Gov. John Kasich has declared a state of emergency in 17 counties.

"We anticipated problems last night and we didn't get them - and that's a good thing", Ivan said.

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"We still want people to be aware of their surroundings, especially those along creeks and streams, which could flash flood if a heavy band of rain comes through", Ober said.

Kohler said the Rock River at Afton was forecasted to reach minor flooding levels by Sunday.

A swathe of rain extended from Texas through Arkansas, to Kentucky and OH this week, bringing with it severe weather and major flooding.

"It's going to take a while to crest", Mazza said. "That won't affect anything".

On Tuesday, downpours and gusty thunderstorms will drench areas from central Texas to central Arkansas and southern Tennessee, AccuWeather said.

Over the past several days, Grand Rapids residents have experienced what the city is calling near historic flooding.

"If you had water before, just be prepared".

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