Midwest Flooding 2018

Start Date

February 23, 2018


Flood for Midwest Flooding, Feb 2018

RGB composite image of two Sentinel 1 passes from the 23 and 28th of February 2018  over the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers with the derived flood water extents (shown in red) overlaid.

Several rainfall events occurring from Feb 20 – Feb 25, culminating in severe thunderstorms on Feb 24 with multiple Flash Flood warnings in Missouri, Kentucky, Illinois, and Indiana, have contributed to significant flooding in the Ohio River valley. Rainfall amounts were estimated between 5-8 inches across the region for the 5-day period, with some areas of southern Indiana and western Kentucky receiving upwards of 10 inches along the Ohio River. Moderate flooding of the Ohio River is forecast to stay well into March. 

National Weather Service (NWS) Severe Weather and Flooding Summaries:

NWS Paducah WFO summary of the event:

NWS Louisville WFO summary of the event: