Flood Fears Rise in Southern, Central U.S.
A violent storm system stretched from Texas to the Canadian maritime provinces over the weekend, producing heavy rains and fierce winds and leaving destruction in its wake. The storm leveled homes, uprooted trees, and could lead to flooding in the days ahead. The Weather Channel said more than 200 river gauges reported levels above flood stage from the Great Lakes to eastern Texas.
By Feb. 25, the river gauge near downtown Louisville showed the Ohio River at 34.9 feet. The normal level is about 12 feet. In 1997, the water was measured at 38.8 feet; roughly 50,000 homes flooded, and the Louisville area alone saw $200 million in damage. The river was forecast to reach moderate flood stage along the southern border of Ohio and West Virginia in the coming days, according to the National Weather Service. The service also confirmed an EF-2 tornado hit the area east of Clarksville, Tennessee. Watch Video