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The River’s Edge

The gates remained closed at the floodwall in downtown Parkersburg where the Ohio River was receding after cresting Wednesday morning. City Engineer Adam Stout said the gates and pumps were installed Monday and their removal depends on how fast the water recedes. The situation is being monitored, he said. Gov. Jim Justice on Wednesday declared a State of Emergency in 18 counties including Jackson and Roane that will be in effect 30 days, unless terminated by subsequent proclamation. The West Virginia Emergency Management Division will implement the West Virginia Emergency Operations Plan for flood response, including appropriate personnel and resources to respond to the emergency. (Photo by Jess Mancini)
The Ohio River at Parkersburg reached just short of 33 feet early Wednesday morning, 3 feet below flood stage and a foot below the action level, according to the National Weather Service. Gov. Jim Justice declared a State of Emergency in 18 counties Wednesday including Jackson and Roane that will be in effect for 30 days, unless terminated by subsequent proclamation. The West Virginia Emergency Management Division will implement the West Virginia Emergency Operations Plan for flood response, including appropriate personnel and resources to respond to the emergency. Here a Canada geese makes its way up the water-covered dock at the Point in Parkersburg. (Photo by Jess Mancini)
A deck is outlined in the muddy waters of the Little Kanawha River on Wednesday. (Photo by Art Smith)
The Little Kanawha River covers the docks at the Parkersburg Yacht Club. The river at the confluence of the Ohio crested early Wednesday morning about 3 feet below flood stage. (Photo by Art Smith)
A tug pushes a barge on the Ohio River near the Point in Parkersburg at the confluence of the swollen Ohio and the Little Kanawha rivers. (Photo by Art Smith)
The confluence of the Ohio and Little Kanawha rivers from Belpre where the Ohio River crested about 3 feet below flood stage Wednesday morning. Gov. Jim Justice declared a State of Emergency in 18 counties Wednesday including Jackson and Roane that will be in effect 30 days, unless terminated by subsequent proclamation. The West Virginia Emergency Management Division will implement the West Virginia Emergency Operations Plan for flood response, including appropriate personnel and resources to respond to the emergency. (Photo by Jess Mancini)
The Ohio River along Blennerhassett Avenue in Belpre on Wednesday morning. The river was receding after cresting about 3 feet below flood stage Wednesday morning. (Photo by Jess Mancini)
The Ohio River reached the “don’t feed the waterfowl” sign normally on dry land at Civitan Park in Belpre on Wednesday. (Photo by Jess Mancini)
Canada geese forage for food Wednesday morning at the boat ramp in Belpre where the Ohio River crested about 3 feet below flood stage. (Photo by Jess Mancini)
The Ohio River begins to recede around Blennerhassett Island at Belpre in this photo taken from the scenic overlook at Burger King in Belpre. (Photo by Jess Mancini)
The gazebo at Point Park on Wednesday. Gov. Jim Justice on Wednesday declared a State of Emergency in 18 counties including Jackson and Roane that will be in effect 30 days, unless terminated by subsequent proclamation. The West Virginia Emergency Management Division will implement the West Virginia Emergency Operations Plan for flood response, including appropriate personnel and resources to respond to the emergency. (Photo by Art Smith)

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