Update 4-23 11:30 a.m.
While the Hocking River bottomed out near 5 feet, another rise has begun.
A Flash Flood WATCH has been extended for the MOV through at least Saturday afternoon.
Update 4-22 4:07 p.m.
The level of the Hocking River has fallen below the 20 ft. flood stage in Athens, causing the River Flood Warning to be cancelled. However, a Flash Flood Watch continues for the MOV through Saturday morning.
The Hocking River crested in Athens at 21 feet Thursday morning, producing minor flooding along Route 50 east of Athens, in Chancey, and near Nelsonville.
The river is beginning to fall slowly and is expected to drop below the 20 foot flood stage Thursday evening.
However, an additional 1-to-2 inches of heavy rain forecast for Friday will produce an additional crest of 23 feet expected on Saturday.
At 23 feet, the Hocking River will flood portions of US 33 West and East of Nelsonville, and East State Street in Athens. Private campgrounds downstream toward Guysville, Kilvert, Stewart and Coolville will all be flooded.
Those with business interests along the Hocking are advised to take action now, before the flooding worsens.
The National Weather Service will issue updates and the current river levels can be check at their website:
Stay alert to rising water levels, and if confronted by road flooding, remember "Turn Around, Don't Drown".
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