The Ohio River crested Sunday at its highest level in nearly two decades, leaving riverside residents relieved but cautious as forecasters warned that flooding problems will linger much of the week ahead.

The National Weather Service said the river crested around 6 a.m. at 57.7 feet, or seven feet below the 1997 level that caused severe flooding in the Cincinnati area and in Kentucky.

Forecaster Brian Coniglio said the river will remain above the 52-foot flood stage most of the week. Melted snow and rainfalls caused flooding that swamped roads, businesses, and homes in scattered low-lying areas in the Cincinnati region.

Authorities in Clermont County east of Cincinnati said more than two dozen roads remained closed Sunday. - AP