(NEW ORLEANS) — The U.S. Coast Guard is urging mariners to be aware of the risk associated with high water and dangerous currents on the Ohio River throughout the week.
Higher than average water levels have created stronger than normal currents on the river that are leading to dangerous situations. Debris, rip currents and eddies are showing up in areas along the river where they don’t normally occur.
Watch standers at Coast Guard Sector Ohio Valley received multiple reports over the weekend of allisions along the Ohio River in Louisville, Ky., in Racine, Ohio, and in Parkersburg, W.Va., reportedly caused by high water.
No injuries or pollution have been reported at this time.
“We urge mariners to be cautious and properly prepared before getting underway to ensure safe travel along the waterways,” said Capt. Eric Carrero, District 8 Western Rivers and Waterways director. “Checking local Army Corps of Engineers, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and National Weather Service websites in your area for up-to-date water conditions along with local weather conditions can be key to safe transits along with rivers.”
– U.S. Coast Guard