Flood waters lapped at the sides of Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati Friday, the site of a football playoff game this weekend, while rivers were over their banks throughout the Midwest and welcome rain fell on California.
A winter weather advisory was in effect for most of north Texas as freezing drizzle continued, creating icy roads and bridges while temperatures near freezing combined with dense fog to add to the danger.Rivers continued to rise in parts of flood-ravaged Ohio, Illinois and Indiana as a year of heavy rains took their toll on rivers throughout the region. Federal disaster officials examined the damage in Indiana that state officials estimated at $7 million. More than 3,000 people left their homes since the flooding began.
Flood warnings were up for the White River, which was 5 feet above flood stage in southern Indiana, while extensive flooding was expected along the Leatherwood and Salt Creeks as a result of the backup at the White River.
All local river roads in Lawrence and Martin counties were flooded, and state road 450 in the town of Williams was closed due to high water.
The Wabash River was expected to peak in New Harmony over the weekend, while Petersburg and Bedford, which were damaged by tornadoes last year, also feared flooding, and 20 people were evacuated in Utica along the Ohio River near Louisville, Ky.
In southern Ohio, the flooded Ohio river closed 40 roads, a half-dozen floating restaurants and a city airport as water lapped at the service entrance of Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati, where the Bengals face the Houston Oilers in a National Football League playoff game Sunday.
The river crested at 57 feet Sunday, its highest point since 1979, 5 feet above flood stage, forcing a flood gate to be installed at the stadium, at least until the waters begin to recede over the weekend.
"The magic number for the stadium is 57 feet and that means there is water lapping at the service entrance," said Bengals business manager Bill Connelly. "This place was engineered with floods in mind. It's like the opposite of a bathtub, inside the bowl is dry."
Unlike the Midwest, residents of Southern California welcomed the rain they received. Scattered showers were reported in the drought-stricken area Friday with about a half inch recorded along the coast and a peak of 2 inches at Nordhoff Ridge.