Severe flooding in Midwest

Forecasters expect flooding to persist through the week in the Cincinnati region, and authorities said Monday that will hinder efforts to assess damage.

The National Weather Service said the Ohio River crested Sunday and was still well above flood stage Monday. Sunday’s peak was more than 8 feet (2.4 meters) above flood stage and the highest crest since 1997.

Monday commutes were complicated by closed roads east of Cincinnati and across the river in northern Kentucky, and some parking lots in downtown Cincinnati were flooded. The Ohio and other rivers caused basement flooding and sewage backups, as well as forcing riverfront businesses to close.

Rivers swollen by heavy rains and melting snow have been a nagging problem for days in the central part of the U.S., with the governors of Missouri, Indiana and Illinois declaring disaster emergencies.

In Michigan, river levels were dropping after flooding last week and over the weekend. In southwestern Michigan, where the body of a 48-year-old man was found in floodwaters Sunday in Kalamazoo, the Kalamazoo River was receding after peaking above a 1947 record. (AP)

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<p>The Stature of James Bradley and trash can are almost covered by the waters of the Ohio River in Cincinnati as the river floods the anks of Covington, Ky., and Cincinnati, Ohio on Monday, Feb. 26, 2018. (Photo: Ernest Coleman via ZUMA Wire) </p>
Severe flooding in Midwest

The Stature of James Bradley and trash can are almost covered by the waters of the Ohio River in Cincinnati as the river floods the anks of Covington, Ky., and Cincinnati, Ohio on Monday, Feb. 26, 2018. (Photo: Ernest Coleman via ZUMA Wire)

<p>Emily Snyder teachers her daughter, Skyler, 4, how to row the boat as they check out their home on Forrest Ridge Avenue NE in Plainfield Township, Mich., on Monday, Feb. 26, 2018. River levels are dropping in Michigan after flooding last week and over the weekend because of heavy rains and melting snow. The National Weather Service says the Grand River in Grand Rapids crested Sunday above 20 feet (6 meters), more than 2 feet (0.7 meters) higher than flood stage, after peaking Friday in the Lansing area. Still, local states of emergency were in effect Monday along portions of the river. (Photo: Neil Blake/The Grand Rapids Press via AP) </p>
Severe flooding in Midwest

Emily Snyder teachers her daughter, Skyler, 4, how to row the boat as they check out their home on Forrest Ridge Avenue NE in Plainfield Township, Mich., on Monday, Feb. 26, 2018. River levels are dropping in Michigan after flooding last week and over the weekend because of heavy rains and melting snow. The National Weather Service says the Grand River in Grand Rapids crested Sunday above 20 feet (6 meters), more than 2 feet (0.7 meters) higher than flood stage, after peaking Friday in the Lansing area. Still, local states of emergency were in effect Monday along portions of the river. (Photo: Neil Blake/The Grand Rapids Press via AP)

<p>Louisville residents watch the water after Ohio River flooded Louisville, Ky., Feb. 26, 2018. (Photo: John Sommers II/Reuters) </p>
Severe flooding in Midwest

Louisville residents watch the water after Ohio River flooded Louisville, Ky., Feb. 26, 2018. (Photo: John Sommers II/Reuters)

<p>Water covers downtown streets after the Ohio River flooded in Louisville, Ky., Feb. 26, 2018. (Photo: John Sommers II/Reuters) </p>
Severe flooding in Midwest

Water covers downtown streets after the Ohio River flooded in Louisville, Ky., Feb. 26, 2018. (Photo: John Sommers II/Reuters)

<p>A flood gage stands on Abrigador Trail NE in Comstock Park., Mich., on Monday, Feb. 26, 2018. (Photo: Neil Blake/The Grand Rapids Press via AP) </p>
Severe flooding in Midwest

A flood gage stands on Abrigador Trail NE in Comstock Park., Mich., on Monday, Feb. 26, 2018. (Photo: Neil Blake/The Grand Rapids Press via AP)

<p>Water covers River Road in downtown Louisville and the on and off ramps to Interstate 64 after the Ohio River flooded Louisville, Ky., Feb. 26, 2018. (Photo: John Sommers II/Reuters) </p>
Severe flooding in Midwest

Water covers River Road in downtown Louisville and the on and off ramps to Interstate 64 after the Ohio River flooded Louisville, Ky., Feb. 26, 2018. (Photo: John Sommers II/Reuters)

<p>Residents are forced to use boats and kayaks to get to their homes along the Ohio River after it flooded Louisville, Ky., Feb. 26, 2018. (Photo: John Sommers II/Reuters) </p>
Severe flooding in Midwest

Residents are forced to use boats and kayaks to get to their homes along the Ohio River after it flooded Louisville, Ky., Feb. 26, 2018. (Photo: John Sommers II/Reuters)

<p>Louisville residents are forced to use boats and kayaks to get to their homes along the Ohio River, after it flooded Louisville, Ky., Feb. 25, 2018. (Photo: John Sommers II/Reuters) </p>
Severe flooding in Midwest

Louisville residents are forced to use boats and kayaks to get to their homes along the Ohio River, after it flooded Louisville, Ky., Feb. 25, 2018. (Photo: John Sommers II/Reuters)

<p>Louisville residents are forced to use boats and kayaks to get to their homes along the Ohio River after it flooded Louisville, Ky., Feb. 25, 2018. (Photo: John Sommers II/Reuters) </p>
Severe flooding in Midwest

Louisville residents are forced to use boats and kayaks to get to their homes along the Ohio River after it flooded Louisville, Ky., Feb. 25, 2018. (Photo: John Sommers II/Reuters)

<p>Flooding along Riverbank Avenue NE in Plainfield Township, Mich., pictured on Monday, Feb. 26, 2018. (Photo: Neil Blake/The Grand Rapids Press via AP) </p>
Severe flooding in Midwest

Flooding along Riverbank Avenue NE in Plainfield Township, Mich., pictured on Monday, Feb. 26, 2018. (Photo: Neil Blake/The Grand Rapids Press via AP)

<p>A boy sit on sand bag’s along Second St in Aurora, Indiana on Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018. (Photo: Ernest Coleman via ZUMA Wire) </p>
Severe flooding in Midwest

A boy sit on sand bag’s along Second St in Aurora, Indiana on Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018. (Photo: Ernest Coleman via ZUMA Wire)

<p>Water covers downtown streets after the Ohio River flooded in Louisville, Ky., Feb. 26, 2018. (Photo: John Sommers II/Reuters) </p>
Severe flooding in Midwest

Water covers downtown streets after the Ohio River flooded in Louisville, Ky., Feb. 26, 2018. (Photo: John Sommers II/Reuters)

<p>This aerial image shows the flooded Ohio River near Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio on Monday, Feb. 26, 2018. (Photo: DroneBase via AP) </p>
Severe flooding in Midwest

This aerial image shows the flooded Ohio River near Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio on Monday, Feb. 26, 2018. (Photo: DroneBase via AP)

<p>Volunteers and neighbors work to clean up debris at a destroyed house in Adairville, Ky., Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018, after a deadly storm moved through the area Saturday. (Photo: Bac Totrong/Daily News via AP) </p>
Severe flooding in Midwest

Volunteers and neighbors work to clean up debris at a destroyed house in Adairville, Ky., Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018, after a deadly storm moved through the area Saturday. (Photo: Bac Totrong/Daily News via AP)

<p>Volunteers and neighbors clean up debris in Adairville, Ky., Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018, after a deadly storm moved through the area Saturday. (Photo: Bac Totrong/Daily News via AP) </p>
Severe flooding in Midwest

Volunteers and neighbors clean up debris in Adairville, Ky., Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018, after a deadly storm moved through the area Saturday. (Photo: Bac Totrong/Daily News via AP)

<p>Garry Clark, 15, uses a canoe to take his grandmother Jeanne Kendall and June Wedl from their flooded home Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018 in Comstock’s Lakewood neighborhood. Severe and record-breaking flooding is predicted for the Kalamazoo River at Comstock, the National Weather Service Grand Rapids said Thursday. (Photo: Mark Bugnaski/Kalamazoo Gazette-MLive Media Group via AP) </p>
Severe flooding in Midwest

Garry Clark, 15, uses a canoe to take his grandmother Jeanne Kendall and June Wedl from their flooded home Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018 in Comstock’s Lakewood neighborhood. Severe and record-breaking flooding is predicted for the Kalamazoo River at Comstock, the National Weather Service Grand Rapids said Thursday. (Photo: Mark Bugnaski/Kalamazoo Gazette-MLive Media Group via AP)

<p>Homes along Lake Street in Comstock are flooded as the level of the Kalamazoo River rises Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018 in Kalamazoo, Mich. (Photo: Mark Bugnaski/Kalamazoo Gazette-MLive Media Group via AP) </p>
Severe flooding in Midwest

Homes along Lake Street in Comstock are flooded as the level of the Kalamazoo River rises Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018 in Kalamazoo, Mich. (Photo: Mark Bugnaski/Kalamazoo Gazette-MLive Media Group via AP)

<p>The Dollar Store at Second Street is flooded by the St. Joseph River in downtown Niles, Mich., Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018. (Photo: Mark Bugnaski/Kalamazoo Gazette-MLive Media Group via AP) </p>
Severe flooding in Midwest

The Dollar Store at Second Street is flooded by the St. Joseph River in downtown Niles, Mich., Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018. (Photo: Mark Bugnaski/Kalamazoo Gazette-MLive Media Group via AP)

<p>Lance Lawson carries his dog Kawi, a 9-year-old pitbull, away from his flooded home Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in South Bend, Ind. (Photo: Robert Franklin/South Bend Tribune via AP) </p>
Severe flooding in Midwest

Lance Lawson carries his dog Kawi, a 9-year-old pitbull, away from his flooded home Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in South Bend, Ind. (Photo: Robert Franklin/South Bend Tribune via AP)

<p>The Growlers baseball field is underwater Kalamazoo Mayors’ Riverfront Park Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018 in Kalamazoo, Mich. The Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office is working to put a plan in place for the anticipated major flooding issues. (Photo: Mark Bugnaski/Kalamazoo Gazette-MLive Media Group via AP) </p>
Severe flooding in Midwest

The Growlers baseball field is underwater Kalamazoo Mayors’ Riverfront Park Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018 in Kalamazoo, Mich. The Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office is working to put a plan in place for the anticipated major flooding issues. (Photo: Mark Bugnaski/Kalamazoo Gazette-MLive Media Group via AP)

<p>A firefighter lifts 19-year-old Malik Williams and places him in a raft as they rescue him from rising flood waters at his home on Emerson Avenue Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in South Bend, Ind. (Photo: Robert Franklin/South Bend Tribune via AP) </p>
Severe flooding in Midwest

A firefighter lifts 19-year-old Malik Williams and places him in a raft as they rescue him from rising flood waters at his home on Emerson Avenue Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in South Bend, Ind. (Photo: Robert Franklin/South Bend Tribune via AP)

<p>A dirt truck plows through water, passing by two cars rendered unreachable by tow trucks after driving too deep into the the flooded street caused by heavy overnight rainfall on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018 in Flint, Mich. (Photo: Jake May/The Flint Journal-MLive.com via AP) </p>
Severe flooding in Midwest

A dirt truck plows through water, passing by two cars rendered unreachable by tow trucks after driving too deep into the the flooded street caused by heavy overnight rainfall on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018 in Flint, Mich. (Photo: Jake May/The Flint Journal-MLive.com via AP)

<p>Emergency crews help evacuate residents Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Elkhart, Ind. Crews are using boats to help northern Indiana residents amid flooding from melting snow and heavy rain moving across the Midwest. (Photo: Becky Malewitz /South Bend Tribune via AP) </p>
Severe flooding in Midwest

Emergency crews help evacuate residents Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Elkhart, Ind. Crews are using boats to help northern Indiana residents amid flooding from melting snow and heavy rain moving across the Midwest. (Photo: Becky Malewitz /South Bend Tribune via AP)

<p>In this drone image looking east, the St. Joseph River has overflowed its banks and has traveled a couple of blocks into the city Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Niles, Mich. (Photo: Santiago Flores/South Bend Tribune via AP) </p>
Severe flooding in Midwest

In this drone image looking east, the St. Joseph River has overflowed its banks and has traveled a couple of blocks into the city Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Niles, Mich. (Photo: Santiago Flores/South Bend Tribune via AP)

<p>Robert Forler tosses a bucket out water off his front porch as he tries to clear standing water from his home on Emerson Avenue Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in South Bend, Ind. (Photo: Robert Franklin/South Bend Tribune via AP) </p>
Severe flooding in Midwest

Robert Forler tosses a bucket out water off his front porch as he tries to clear standing water from his home on Emerson Avenue Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in South Bend, Ind. (Photo: Robert Franklin/South Bend Tribune via AP)

<p>In this drone image looking south, the St. Joseph River has overflowed its banks and has traveled a couple of blocks into the city, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Niles, Mich. (Photo: Santiago Flores/South Bend Tribune via AP) </p>
Severe flooding in Midwest

In this drone image looking south, the St. Joseph River has overflowed its banks and has traveled a couple of blocks into the city, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Niles, Mich. (Photo: Santiago Flores/South Bend Tribune via AP)

<p>Sarah Poorman looks on as emergency personnel rescue a stranded motorist on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Niles, Mich. (Photo: Santiago Flores/South Bend Tribune via AP) </p>
Severe flooding in Midwest

Sarah Poorman looks on as emergency personnel rescue a stranded motorist on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Niles, Mich. (Photo: Santiago Flores/South Bend Tribune via AP)

<p>The Flint River overflows onto artist renderings along what is normally a walkway as heavy rain causes flooding on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018 in Flint, Mich. (Photo: Jake May/The Flint Journal-MLive.com via AP) </p>
Severe flooding in Midwest

The Flint River overflows onto artist renderings along what is normally a walkway as heavy rain causes flooding on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018 in Flint, Mich. (Photo: Jake May/The Flint Journal-MLive.com via AP)

<p>Jeremy Beagle of Burton City Towing watches the cable as he tows a vehicle that was stuck on Robert T. Longway Boulevard on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, in Flint, Mich. High water closed roads in Michigan. (Photo: Bronte Wittpenn/The Flint Journal-MLive.com via AP) </p>
Severe flooding in Midwest

Jeremy Beagle of Burton City Towing watches the cable as he tows a vehicle that was stuck on Robert T. Longway Boulevard on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, in Flint, Mich. High water closed roads in Michigan. (Photo: Bronte Wittpenn/The Flint Journal-MLive.com via AP)

<p>Flint resident Brayden Bend, 5, sits on top of his mother’s friend’s vehicle on Robert T. Longway Boulevard at North Center Road on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, in Flint, Mich. High flood waters caused several motorists to become stuck. (Photo: Bronte Wittpenn/The Flint Journal-MLive.com via AP) </p>
Severe flooding in Midwest

Flint resident Brayden Bend, 5, sits on top of his mother’s friend’s vehicle on Robert T. Longway Boulevard at North Center Road on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, in Flint, Mich. High flood waters caused several motorists to become stuck. (Photo: Bronte Wittpenn/The Flint Journal-MLive.com via AP)

<p>Flint resident Brayden Benado, 5, looks out the window of his parent’s car on Robert T. Longway Boulevard Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, in Flint, Mich. Earlier Benado was in a vehicle that became stuck when it was driven into high flood waters. (Photo: Bronte Wittpenn/The Flint Journal-MLive.com via AP) </p>
Severe flooding in Midwest

Flint resident Brayden Benado, 5, looks out the window of his parent’s car on Robert T. Longway Boulevard Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, in Flint, Mich. Earlier Benado was in a vehicle that became stuck when it was driven into high flood waters. (Photo: Bronte Wittpenn/The Flint Journal-MLive.com via AP)

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