Gov. Kasich issues emergency declaration

Rain could result in flooding in central Pa.

Other state leaders have issued similar orders: Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb declared a disaster emergency for 11 counties and Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner issued a state disaster proclamation for three counties hit by flooding.

The heavy rains last week have led to massive flooding from Louisiana to MI.

"The ground is so saturated with water, any additional water - there's nowhere else for it to go except to the river", said Safety Service Director Brian Allen.

The Illinois River near Tahlequah has reached major flood stage as of Sunday morning and is now forecasted to crest at a height near 19.5 feet by Sunday afternoon. Local officials said residents still need to watch the weather for changes from the lighter forecast and for potential for flash flooding along area creeks.

The latest river forecast takes the Ohio River above the dam (Upper gauge) close to major flood stage, with a crest of 35.8 feet by Monday afternoon/evening. "Having 4.5 inches fall in four days was something that would not make you all that happy, but sometimes models don't handle the weather systems all that well", he said.

Minor erosion-base flood damage to low-lying areas and agricultural land in Janesville and Afton is anticipated, according to the alert.

The current level early Saturday morning was at 8.1 feet.

Local streams and rivers overflowing their banks have caused road closings throughout central and southern Ohio.

Saturday night: Mild, with periods of rain.

"We started assessing preliminary damage for an emergency declaration", Fischer said.

Parts of the South and Southwest have also been seriously affected by the heavy rainfall and ensuing floods.

Keener Township Volunteer Fire Chief Randy Woods said the breach was relatively minor when it was discovered about 3 p.m. Friday near Demotte, about 50 miles southeast of Chicago.

A swathe of rain extended from Texas through Arkansas, to Kentucky and OH this week, bringing with it severe weather and major flooding. Also, some county roads throughout the county have been washed out.

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