Wet Ohio fall brings concern about spring floods

CLEVELAND - Experts are already concerned about big spring flooding in Ohio after a sopping-wet fall that has added to this year's rainfall records.

The National Weather Service says the ground is super-saturated the way it normally is in the spring from melting winter snow. The weather service's Sarah Jamison said the worst flooding may be yet to come.

Scattered flood warnings were posted Wednesday as rivers continued to rise from this week's rainfall. Many of the same waterways were spilling out of their banks a week ago following days of soggy weather.

Power of 5 meteorologist Mark Johnson said the Ohio yearly rainfall record was broken four separate times this week.

It took 11 months and 5 days for the rain and melted snowfall in Chris Neiss' rain gage in Concord Township, Ohio to add up to a whopping 70.83 inches. At 4:53 pm on December 5, it happened. Neiss was ecstatic. That amount was good enough to set a new state of Ohio yearly rainfall record. To top it off, this was one of the state's most venerable records. It had lasted 141 years.

The Springfield News-Sun reports flooding on Little Miami River has damaged the annual holiday lights at Clifton Mill in western Ohio.

WBNS-TV showed a submerged holiday display in the Columbus suburb of Gahanna.

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