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Flooding a major concern this weekend

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The Ohio River is expected to be even higher this weekend at 4th & River on Friday morning. The Ohio River is expected to be even higher this weekend at 4th & River on Friday morning.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The holiday weekend won't be without some pains from Mother Nature, as the Ohio River is expected to rise all weekend and into Monday, prompting flooding concerns across Kentuckiana.

As of Friday morning, the McAlpine Upper of the Ohio river stood at 24 feet. Flood stage is considered 23 feet, meaning it's already one foot above flood stage.

High water has closed several area roads already, including a several block stretch of River Road in downtown Louisville.

The major concern now is what will happen this holiday weekend. The river is expected to crest Monday at nearly 30 feet, which is almost 6 feet above flood stage.

That's just 8 feet shy of the devastating amount we saw in the great flood if 1997, when the Ohio River crested at 38.76 feet.

In 2005, river levels again were dangerously high, before cresting at 28.34 feet.

With a prediction of cresting at 29.5 feet on Monday, that's just less than a foot higher than in 2005.

Metro officials say they will be monitoring the weather, forecast, road and river conditions and will respond as the situation warrants, including having crews on standby during the Easter holiday.

WAVE 3 will be Working For You with full coverage and the latest forecast all weekend long on WAVE 3 News and on wave3.com.

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