The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is working with the city of Cincinnati to coordinate closure of the flood gate structure along Madison Avenue. The Corps monitored the closure Feb. 24 and will repeat this process Sunday, Feb. 27 as a preventive measure if closure is needed to protect a business area from flooding from the rising Duck Creek.
The emergency operations plan for the Duck Creek closure includes close communication with the city to communicate actual rain gage levels so the Corps could respond to close the gate structure. The Corps sent a representative Feb. 24 to personally monitor the stream levels at the site to close the structure immediately if the stream began a rapid rise to leave its banks.
Since the installation of the automatic system is not completely installed, the Corps set the gate on manual operation as a back up to the plan, the Corps will have staff on site to monitor the situation and close the gate manually if necessary.
With a second storm front moving through the area, the Corps will continue to have personnel monitoring the gate Sunday evening, Feb. 27 through Tuesday morning.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers continues coordination with the National Weather Service to assure communication would remain open during the end of the week and into the next for this rain event in case larger than expected precipitation amounts.