Floodwaters overtake local roads

MARIETTA – A series of storms that moved through the valley this week has led to flooding and road closures in several area.

Hardest hit has been areas of Washington County where authorities Thursday morning reported several roads covered with water.

According to the Washington County Sheriff’s Department, shortly after 9 a.m. water was covering several roads in the county, including: The Bridge at Whipple Run Road and Kohl Road just off Ohio 821, at the 5-mile-marker of Caywood Road, several spots between the 7 to 11-mile-markers on Ohio 26 that are close to the road but not across yet, and Ohio 26 just past Heldman Road.

The National Weather Service in Charleston issued a flood warning for small streams in north central Washington County in southeast Ohio, including Marietta, until 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Rains from Thursday morning were continuing to run off into Duck Creek, increasing water levels from Whipple to Marietta.

A flood warning means that flooding is imminent or has been reported. Residents were warned not to drive their vehicles into areas where the water covered the roadway.

The Ohio Department of Transportation also announced road closures and restrictions in several Ohio counties, including Washington and Athens counties, due to high water.

In West Virginia, Tyler County Schools was closed Thursday due to widespread flooding. Doddridge County Schools was on a two-hour delay due to heavy wind and rain. Ritchie County Schools also had a two-hour delay, but did not list a reason on the West Virginia Department of Education’s web site.

In Wood County officials reported some flooding Wednesday night during the heaviest rains, but most areas of concern had subsided during the day Thursday.

“We had three or four roads closed,” Wednesday evening, said Ed Hupp, director of Wood County Emergency Management. “From what I understand, everything is open now.”

Hupp said reports indicated river waters around Parkersburg would crest at six feet below flood stage.

Wet roads froze overnight as temperatures dropped, and a light dusting of snow during the morning commute made some areas dangerous.

“You get these little micro-burst areas going through, and it does make the roads a bit slick,” he said. “We did have some minor motor vehicle accidents (Thursday), but nothing too serious.”