High water overtakes bike paths along river


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High water overtakes bike paths along river

The milder weather giving way to colder temperatures this week has allowed for some outdoor activities throughout southwest Ohio. Yet bicyclists attempting to enjoy any of the milder weather by riding along the river have been without luck.

The Great Miami River gauge in downtown Dayton had a high reading of 29.59 feet on Friday — significantly up from a low measurement of 23.15 in August. Weather officials note the readings are impacted by construction on the river, however. By Wednesday, the river level fell to 27 feet.

Still, the high readings mean trails along the river, including those at RiverScape MetroPark downtown, are covered by water. Bike trail flooding in Dayton begins around 27.5 feet, according to the National Weather Service. Flood stage in downtown Dayton is 41 feet.

No areas in Ohio are currently experiencing drought, as was the case for much of last year.

The Great Miami River, which is not at flood stage, is running high. Many stretches of the bike paths near downtown Dayton are covered with water. TY GREENLEES / STAFF Staff Writer

In August and September, the Great Miami River at Sidney dipped to around 0.66 feet — within the top 20 historical low water records at the point. On Wednesday, the river reached 3.7 feet after cresting at 6.74 feet on Friday. Flood stage for the location is 10 feet.

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