For the third time in as many weeks the local river community was spared a flood from the mighty Ohio River.
Those who would have been affected by the high waters were certainly glad that the muddy water didn’t reach the level predicted Saturday. While some still ended up with water in their basements or other particularly low-lying areas, it was not nearly as bad as it could have been.
Dealing with river floods is something residents in our area are somewhat accustomed to doing. People know what footage will get water into their basements, garages, businesses, or homes. They are aware of the dangers and the preparations needed.
That knowledge, combined with the neighborliness of area residents who offer to help those in the river’s path get prepared, is exactly why river towns like New Martinsville can continue to survive despite the occasional flood. We have heard visitors be amazed that the downtown area can appear nearly unscathed just a month or so after a river flood. The only reason for that is sheer love of a town, of its people, of its livelihood.
We’re so thankful our local river communities are resilient and we’re thankful the waters didn’t come up any higher than they did this week.