Ohio River crests below flood stage in Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG — The Ohio River at the Point in Parkersburg crested at about 31.2 feet Thursday evening, according to the National Weather Service.

Flood stage at the Point, of which most is underwater, is 36 feet.

State and local authorities have been monitoring creeks and streams because of rain. The Point at the confluence of the Little Kanawha and Ohio rivers, was closed earlier this week.

The West Virginia Department of Transportation reported five roads in Pleasants and Wood counties were affected by high water: Fish Pot Road in Pleasants and River Road off West Virginia 47, the 300 block of Waverly Road, North Dry Run Road and Big Tygart Road in Wood County.

The Ohio Department of Transportation District 10 office in Washington County Friday morning said traffic on Ohio 26 between Marietta and Ohio 260 was restricted because it was partially covered with water and Ohio 26 between Ohio 260 and the Monroe County line is closed.

The highways department’s Transportation Management Center reported 49 closures around West Virginia. The department also reported mud and rock slides in Braxton County, Mingo County and in Marion County on Route 250 in Fairmont in front of the renown Muriale’s Restaurant.

“It is safe to say, we have our work cut out for us after the rains end,” Secretary of Transportation Byrd White said. “Our crews continue to monitor and react to the effects and have worked tirelessly to do what they can during the event but, we sure could use a break in the weather.”