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The forecast for the river has been both below and above flood stage over the past few days because the remnants of Hurricane Ivan didn't act as forecasters expected once they reached the West Virginia area, Mazarowski said. National computer models called for Ivan to dump tremendous amounts of rainfall into the headwaters of the Ohio River. As the storm came north, it was expected to creep across West Virginia and dump lots of water into the Monongahela River -- causing the Ohio River to rise.

It didn't. Instead, the storm scooted into the Pittsburgh area and dumped lots of rain into the Allegheny River, which doesn't affect Cincinnati as much, Mazarowski said. Forecasters said Friday that the Ohio would crest 4┬Ż feet below flood stage, but heavy rains upstream in eastern Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia changed the situation.

Meanwhile, debt payments now due under its financing deal are more than the organization used to pay in rent. It helps that Western & Southern Financial Group signed on in 2002 as title sponsor of the August tournament, now officially the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters. Tournament director Bruce Flory hopes it will be a lasting association, but the current agreement is not long term, he said. So boosting other revenues and controlling costs are more important than ever.

Buying the property has brought new opportunities, including a better chance of luring a long-sought women's professional tournament. "We're closer than we ever have been," Flory said. Fix anything that is broken, and complete remodels. It doesn't make a difference for what reason you oblige a valuation, display your home to the valuer as though he or she was a potential purchaser. He declined to discuss what might be in the works, but said more could be known in a few weeks. Tennis for Charity is a tax-exempt charitable organization founded by Paul Flory, Bruce's father, to raise money for Children's Hospital Medical Center. To date, it has donated $5.3 million from tournament proceeds, including $307,303 this year. It has also provided $326,633 ($35,000 this year) for an inner-city tennis program run by the Cincinnati Recreation Commission.

The group operates one of only nine Tennis Masters Series events worldwide and was in charge of the ATP Championship before that. It paid for construction of the 17,500- seat, three-stadium complex in Mason out of tournament proceeds.