The US National Weather Service (NWS) issued flood and flash flood warnings for large areas of the Ohio River and Wabash River valleys on Thursday, February 7, effective until mid-to-late afternoon (local time). Southern Ohio, southern and central Indiana, southern Illinois, southeastern Missouri, and western Kentucky are affected by the warnings, including the cities of Indianapolis (Indiana), Paducah (Kentucky), Terre Haute (Indiana), Cincinnati (Ohio), and Dayton (Ohio). Heavy rainfall is forecast over the coming hours and is expected to exacerbate already high water levels in streams and rivers in the area. Interstate 70 in eastern Indiana is also under a flash flood warning. Transportation disruptions, including road closures and traffic congestion, are to be expected in the region through Thursday.
Individuals in the affected areas are advised to monitor local weather reports, anticipate flooding and transportation disruptions, and remember that walking or driving through running water can be dangerous - 15 cm (6 in) of running water is enough to knock over an adult - and that floodwater may contain wastewater and chemical products; all items having come into contact with floodwater should be disinfected and all foodstuffs discarded.
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