Storm causes flooding, power outages

Heavy rains and a broken water line contributed to this scene on Camden Avenue in south Parkersburg on Saturday afternoon. (Photo by Jeffrey Saulton)

PARKERSBURG — After several downpours through the day on Saturday, the local area is under a flash flood watch until 8 a.m. today, according to the National Weather Service in Charleston.

While the water came down hard three times Saturday a dispatcher at the Wood County 911 said there were only a few accidents and reports of flooding in some areas.

“There were three accidents on Interstate 77 most likely from hydroplaning. They were minor accidents and no injuries,” he said. “There were reports of street flooding since the sudden heavy downpours overwhelmed the storm water drains.”

There was one area where high water came not only from the rain but from a water line break near the intersection of Camden Avenue and Division Street in south Parkersburg.

Approaching storms around 5:30 p.m. forced the closing of carnival rides at the West Virginia Interstate Fair and Exposition near Mineral Wells.

Motorists faced high waters Saturday afternoon. (Photo by Jeffrey Saulton)

As of 10:15 p.m. Saturday, Mon Power reported there were 242 power outages reported in the Wood County service area with scattered outrages in Parkersburg and Vienna. Mon Power was also reporting several outages along the U.S. 50 Corridor to the Maryland border.

In the Mid-Ohio Valley the utility reported there were less than five outages in Roane and Pleasants counties, 396 in Ritchie, 188 in Doddridge, 173 in Gilmer, 41 in Calhoun and 36 in Wirt.

More rain was expected overnight and throughout today. Heavy rains and wet soils across the area could produce flash flooding along small streams, creeks, low spots and poor drainage areas, the NWS reported.

Forecasters said there is a chance of showers and thunderstorms today. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. It will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 88 with southwest winds around 8 mph. The chance of precipitation is 40 percent. New rainfall amounts may be between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Downed trees block two northbound lanes of Grand Central Avenue. (Photo by Tom Moore)

Tonight there is a chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 10 p.m., the NWS reported. It will be mostly cloudy, with a low around 69 with west winds around 5 m.p.h. becoming calm in the evening. The chance of precipitation is 30 percent.

There is a chance of more showers and storms on Monday with highs in the mid 80s.