Flood watch remains until Sunday morning

Ice jams along the Rifle River in northern MI exacerbated flooding. Portions of state Route 8 in northern Kentucky become flooded, as well as portions of Lawrenceburg and Aurora, Indiana.

City Mayor Chris Friel said neighbourhoods immediately surrounding the river have been particularly impacted, adding the flooding has also closed nearby city trails and shuttered many local businesses and schools.

"You're never sure how deep it is or what it has done to the structure of the road, so we ask motorists to not go around those barricades".

The National Weather Service is still forecasting an additional 2-4 inches of rain through Sunday across much of the Ohio River valley.

The National Weather Service is predicting the Ohio River at Cincinnati will reach its highest level since 1997 next Tuesday. Access roads to commercial, industrial, and residential development are flooding.

In southwestern MI, sandbags were filled to protect homes and businesses in the village of Mattawan as the Mattawan Creek rose above its banks.

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At the same time, the weather service was looking at a forecast which called for the possibility of a "prolonged period of wet weather to set up over the OH and MS river valleys" this week.

At the Pike Island Locks and Dam, slightly north of the city, the river is expected to crest at 42 feet, which is 5 feet above flood stage.

"Stay away from the river - and that is not just for today or this afternoon or this evening, that will be for the next couple days at least".

They say the toddler walked away from her house Wednesday morning and entered the standing water from heavy rains and snowmelt in central Michigan's Fairplain Township. Drier weather will return to Greater Lafayette beginning Sunday afternoon and linger through the middle part of next week.

Meanwhile, residents and officials on both sides of the river continue dealing with creek flooding. MI has declared states of emergency in various cities and counties and at least two deaths have been blamed on the flooding, which has ravaged states as far south as Oklahoma. Several flood pump stations have also been rebuilt or upgraded.

Officials with the Daviess County Emergency Management Agency said they did not have time Thursday to answer media questions about their role in the region's flood risks nor how residents can best prepare for high water levels. Operations manager Curtis Gillman said the water was so deep, a pontoon boat could go through it. "That puts us in a much better position than we were in last time", he said.

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