After the recent rains, the Great Miami River is higher, faster and more dangerous than normal.
The river is seven feet above average in Middletown and six feet about average in Hamilton for this time of year, according to Brenda Gibson, public relations director for the Miami Conservancy District.
In Hamilton, the speed of the water is 29,600 cubic feet per second, or 800 percent higher than the normal rate this time of year, Gibson said. In Middletown, the water speed measures 28,600 cubic feet per second or 625 percent above average, she said.
She warned boaters to stay out of the river because of the swift currents and the floating debris.
Part of the bike path along the river in Middletown remains under water and barricades are up.