Kasich declares emergency over Ohio flooding

Feb 24, 2018
A man paddles his boat alongside a home in the East End along the Ohio River, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, in Cincinnati. Forecasters expected the Ohio River could reach levels not seen since the region's deadly 1997 floods. (Liz Dufour/The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP)

Gov. John Kasich issued an emergency declaration today for 17 counties in southern and eastern Ohio affected by flooding amid continued downpours.

The  emergency declaration allows the governor to use state resources, including activating the National Guard.

Counties affected are Adams, Athens, Belmont, Brown, Clermont, Columbiana, Gallia, Hamilton, Hocking, Jackson, Jefferson, Lawrence, Monroe, Meigs, Muskingum, Scioto and Washington.

>> Expect heavy rain, strong winds; flood watch in effect, warning for some in Miami Valley

An additional 1 to 2 inches of rain is forecast by Sunday morning, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said.

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