Several Mason County roads were closed Sunday after rainfall totaling as much as six inches fell across the area beginning Friday evening.
The rain was the remnants of Hurricane Gordon.
The weather forced some events planned for the weekend to be postponed and others to be moved to inside venues. Competitors in the a cross country meet at Mason County High School ran in the rain and finished looking like competitors in a mud run. In Augusta, the Swingtime on the River was moved from Riverside Drive to the school gymnasium. The St. Patrick Festival carried on as scheduled.
According to Mason County Judge-Executive Joe Pfeffer, Mill Creek at Kentucky 11, Dixon Pike at the approach to the historic iron bridge and Brandywine Road were all deemed impassable. On West Parry Lane, a washout at a box culvert made it unsafe to cross until it can be stabilized by road crews, he said. Sheriff Patrick Boggs reported Weaver Road was closed by high water.
“Throughout the county caution is advised when traveling due to debris washed onto roadways and cross drains being overrun and resulting in uneven surfaces,” Pfeffer said.
Pyles Lane was reported as being under water by Road Supervisor Joe Brown, Pfeffer said.
Mason County Commissioner Annette Walters reported that the North Fork of the Licking River was ”way out of its banks.” At least one family in the area was forced from its home by flood waters, officials said.
There was some flash flooding reported along Locust and Bracken creeks in Bracken County.
In Augusta, boats were moved from the city’s boat docks and at least one boat was capsized by the rapid runoff from Bracken County.
Maysville Mayor David Cartmell said the city’s flood plan was in force and by Sunday afternoon there had been no issues to speak of.
“Everything is working smoothly,” Cartmell said.
Flooding which the city experienced in early spring was not a threat, Cartmell said, because the rainfall extended over a longer period of time.
Flooding was also reported in Adams County and officials urged motorists to use caution when driving. Road closings included Blue Creek Road at Cassell Run Road, OHIO 41 AT Bentonville to Aberdeen, Ohio 348 and 781, Ohio 73 from Ohio 32 to Rardon, and Hull Road off Ohio 41. High water was also reported on Fawcett Road and Lawshe Road.
According to the National Weather Service Ohio River Forecast Center, the river stood at 34.6 feet at 1 p.m., Sunday and was expected to crest at 44.9 feet Thursday morning, at Maysville. The area remained under a flood warning until 7 p.m., Sunday and a flash flood warning until 8 a.m., Monday,
More rain was expected Sunday, according to the National Weather Service at Wilmington, Ohio.