Few problems reported locally on rain-soaked weekend
PARKERSBURG — As rain fell throughout the day Sunday, few problems were reported in the Mid-Ohio Valley as the area braces for more rain throughout today as remnants of Tropical Storm Gordon will affect the area through this evening.
Police departments in Athens, Belpre, Parkersburg and Marietta reported wet conditions, but no serious accidents or situations resulting from the rainfall.
A supervisor at the Wood County 911 Center said there were no areas of high water reported to them as of 8 p.m. Sunday and there were a few minor accidents throughout the day.
The Athens County Sheriff’s Office reported road closures along Meadowbrook Road at Hebbardville Road, Hebbardville Road at Ohio Rt. 681, and parts of South Rodehaver Road, New England Road Dog Hollow and Potter Road.
The National Weather Service in Charleston issued a flood watch throughout the area until this evening, including Athens, Meigs and Washington counties in Ohio and Doddridge, Jackson, Pleasants, Ritchie, Tyler, Wirt, and Wood counties in West Virginia.
“Rain, heavy at times, persisting into Monday,” the weather service reported. “Thunderstorms are also possible.
“Some streams are likely to rise out of their banks and, in time, some mainstem rivers are likely to go into flood.”
The Ohio River, from Willow Island to at least as far south as Point Pleasant, is likely to go into flood as early as this morning, the weather service reported, adding its tributaries could do so as well.
The Muskingum River is likely to get close to flood stage today.
“Runoff from the heavy rain is likely to flood urban and other poor drainage areas,” the weather service reported.
“Flooded streams and rivers are likely to result in water over roads and into buildings.”
Flood warnings were issued for southeastern Meigs County in Ohio; eastern Mason County in West Virginia; east central Cabell County in West Virginia; northwestern Kanawha County in West Virginia; Putnam County in West Virginia; southwestern Wirt County in West Virginia; Jackson County in West Virginia and southwestern Wood County in West Virginia. until 11:15 p.m. Sunday.
“(At 5;19 p.m. Sunday) Doppler radar indicated heavy rain that will cause flooding,” the weather service reported. “Over two to even three inches of rain has already fallen in some areas.”
When flooding occurs, officials advise caution and to avoid flooded roads as most flood deaths occur in vehicles. The weather service is forecasting showers likely today before 9 a.m. with heavy rain at times. A high of 69 is expected today. It is expected to be cloudy this evening with a low around 60.
It will remain cloudy Tuesday and Wednesday with a high around 78 on Tuesday and a high of 83 on Wednesday.
Another chance of rain will not occur until Wednesday when there will be a 20 percent chance of rain. It is expected to be partly sunny by Thursday with a high of 87 expected, the weather service reported.