Central Ohio bracing for more rain, snow and possible flooding


    <p>With up to <a href="https://abc6onyourside.com/weather" target="_blank" title="https://abc6onyourside.com/weather">four more inches of precipitation forecast{/a} over the next several ideas, Central Ohio is preparing for the threat of more localized flooding in low-lying areas and around major waterways. (WSYX/WTTE){/p}

    With up to four more inches of precipitation forecasted over the next several days, Central Ohio is preparing for the threat of more localized flooding in low-lying areas and around major waterways.

    Already, the Scioto River has been in minor to moderate flood stage across much of the region, cresting five feet above flood stage in the areas around Circleville by Saturday morning. No major damage was reported, and the National Weather Service reported that much of the flooding was expected in low-lying areas. The Scioto River would have to rise 15 feet above flood stage in order to threaten much of that city, according to the Service.

    Ohioans living along major waterways can track flood stages on the National Weather Service's website, which includes dozens of real-time water level meters throughout the state.

    Elsewhere, seven of the Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks experienced some degree of park closure due to flooding on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Hiking trails and canoe launches were most affected. The Metro Parks authority was closely monitoring each park and had re-opened all of Prairie Oaks Metro Park on the west side of Columbus, and parts of Walnut Woods in the southeast by Saturday afternoon.

    In Delaware County, the United States Army Corps of Engineers is keeping an eye on Alum Creek Dam, and releasing very little water from it now to lessen the impacts of downstream flooding. The Corps expected to increase flow through the dam early in the coming week, perhaps as soon as Sunday.

    You can always send pictures of flooding from a safe location by snapping photos, then logging on to the ABC 6 / FOX 28 "ChimeIn" page to share your photos with our producers.

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