After the flooding rains earlier this week, rivers are still running high as dams across the Miami Valley store billions of gallons of floodwater.
As of Thursday afternoon, the Miami River is running at six feet above normal, according to Mike Ekberg of the Miami Conservancy District. The river has crested and come down at least a foot since Thursday morning, he added.
The Miami Conservancy District manages five dams across the area, which are holding a total of 21 billion gallons of water just after this week’s storms, Ekberg said. That makes this the 12th largest high-water event for the Miami Conservancy District since 1920’s, he added.
Crews have also been closing floodgates at night to keep floodwater from backing up into stormwater systems, Ekberg said.
With the high waters, officials are warning the public to stay away from rivers over the next few days.
“Water temperatures are cold,” Ekberg said. “It’s really high flow. People want to be careful about getting anywhere near the river right now. It’d be very dangerous conditions.”
Ekberg said he expects it to take about four to five days for river levels in the Miami Valley to return to normal if there’s no additional rainfall.