Covington to Install Floodgate as Ohio River Rises
Mon, 02/11/2019 - 06:18 RCN Newsdesk
The City of Covington announced that it would install its floodgate at the foot of Madison Avenue at Covington Landing.
Traffic will be cut to one lane on Monday morning as the city's public works department prepares to install the gate to hold back the Ohio River, which reached 51 feet on Sunday night. That is one foot below flood level at Cincinnati. The forecast this week calls for more rain each day.
Public Works Director Rick Davis said a large crane will arrive in the late morning to help crews begin the 10-hour process of installing the gate at the Madison Overlook. Cars will still be able to get in and out of the garage at the base of the Embassy Suites at RiverCenter, he said, but "it'll be tricky."
At last projection, the river is expected to crest at 56.5 feet overnight Tuesday, just above the point that triggers the gate's installation, he said. But the river had risen over 20 feet in less than a week and - buoyed by the weekend's rain - continued all weekend to exceed projections by a large margin.
"The projection jumped 8 feet in day," Davis said.
More information about the city's preparations will be released Monday, said Davis, who was at the public works garage Sunday night drawing up plans.
Photo: Covington's floodgate installed in February of 2018 (RCN file)