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Local roads and parks underwater as Ohio River continues to rise

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - The Ohio River is rising, now at its highest level since 2011. Roads and parks are underwater on both sides of the river.

Captain's Quarters in Prospect closed early Sunday. Employees say they need time to prepare the restaurant for flooding. 

"The river will do what it will do," regular customer Mike Isaac said. "And it will be in this building." 

The water also took over some Louisville parks, leaving less room for grass and more room for canoes. 

The National Weather Services says the Ohio River will crest Tuesday in Louisville at 26.2 feet. The average for this time of the year is 16 feet.

"We get the notifications from the National Weather Service and the Core of Engineers twice a day," Louisville Metropolitan Sewer District Spokesman Steve Tedder said. "And what that does, is that indicates what we do as far as the flood wall and levee." 

Barriers went up downtown as high water shut down stretches of River Road.

Still, Tedder says crews will likely not have to put up external flood gates in Louisville. 

"We're not expecting that the river will rise high enough," he said. "It should be a couple of feet below the level where we would need to put the first ones of those up." 

Tedder says 11 or 12 pump stations will be in operation when the river peaks.

New Albany Mayor Jeff Gahan says the river there will crest at 57 feet Tuesday. His city is dealing with some road closures too, but Gahan calls the flooding minor. 

While experts say we haven't seen these river levels since 2011, people who live and work along the water say it's just part of life. 

"When you live along the river, this is what you deal with," Isaac said. 

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