Miami Valley rivers expected to flood, close nearby roads due to heavy rain

Miami Valley rivers are expected to rise with the rounds of heavy spring rain.

>> WEATHER: Heavy rain, thunderstorms continue through morning; Flood Watch issued for most until Saturday

The National Weather Service (NWS) is predicting several locations along the Great Miami River and Mad River will rise to action and minor flood stages. Water is expected to rise through Sunday before receding Monday.

Mad River near Springfield is forecasted to crest nine feet.

The rise in water level will cause a flooding along Lower Valley Pike between Old Mill Road and state Route 369, in addition to Spangler Road. Interstate 70 westbound exit to Medway at Route 675 will be closed.

Great Miami River at Dayton is forecasted to crest 32 feet.

The flooding will occur near Rip Rap Road between Bridgewater and Little York Roads near Huber Heights.

The Miami Conservancy District (MCD) flood protection system will provide protection to selected areas in Dayton up to a river stage of 42 feet. This system provides flood reduction from four dams and reduced risk in leveed areas, a spokesperson for NWS informed.

However, if the Great Miami River were to flood, bike trails along the river would be the first places hit.

Great Miami River at Taylorsville is forecasted to crest 22 feet.

The water will cover Tipp-Elizabeth Road and Eldorado Platt Road, as well as Elizabeth-Bethel and Ruby Roads, causing closures. Sections of Rip Rap, Taylorsville, and Wagner-Ford Roads will also be closed due to the pavement being underwater.

Communities protected by flood walls and levees are protected to a stage of 60 feet.

Great Miami River at Middletown is forecasted to crest 12 feet.

The water will affect roads south of Route 73, between Excello and the Great Miami River, including properties on Oxford Street. The flooding may even affect some private properties along either side of Route 73, approaching Excello.

The city of Middletown is protected by levees and floodgates to a level of 24 feet.

Finally, Stillwater River near Englewood is forecasted to crest 37 feet.

Martindale Road, Old Springfield Road, and the road to the MetroPark are all expected to be covered by two to three feet of water. As a result, all these roads will be closed.

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