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Heavy, Steady Rains Cause Flooding

By Staff | Feb 17, 2018

The rising Ohio River has caused small creeks and streams to back up in New Martinsville. (Photo by Tim Pugh).

UPDATE: FEB. 17, 5:46 P.M. —

New Martinsville City Police Department is requesting that if you do not live in the down town area of New Martinsville, to avoid the area due to the flooding.

NMPD reports there will be extra patrol in the area, for monitering.

In the meantime, according to the National Weather Service Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service, the Ohio River measured at 35.08 feet at 5 p.m. The river is expected to crest at 36 feet at 1 a.m. on Feb. 19.

The rising Ohio River has caused small creeks and streams to back up in New Martinsville. (Photo by Tim Pugh).

UPDATE: FEB. 17, 2:33 P.M. —

According to the National Weather Service Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service, the Ohio River at hannibal Lock and Dam measured at 34.69 at 2 p.m. The river is expected to crest at 36 feet early Sunday, Feb. 18. Flood stage is at 35 feet. At 35 feet, it is predicted that the lower end of Duerr Street in New Martinsville would flood. At 36 feet, flooding is predicted to begin on North Main Street, near Virginia Street.

UPDATE: FEB. 17, 11:37 A.M. —

According to the National Weather Service Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service, the Ohio River at Hannibal Lock and Dam measured at 34.28 feet at 11 a.m. The river is expected to crest at 36 feet early Sunday, Feb. 18.

Hannibal Lock and Dam, Feb. 16

Flood stage is at 35 feet. At 35 feet, it is predicted that the lower end of Duerr Street in New Martinsville would flood. At 36 feet, flooding is predicted to begin on North Main Street, near Virginia Street.

UPDATE: Feb. 17, 8:15 a.m. —

According to the National Weather Service Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service, the Ohio River at Hannibal Lock and Dam measured at 33.9 feet at 8 a.m. The river is expected to crest at 35.9 feet early Sunday, Feb. 18. Flood stage is at 35 feet. At 35 feet, it is predicted that the lower end of Duerr Street in New Martinsville would flood. At 36 feet, flooding is predicted to begin on North Main Street, near Virginia Street.

Also, Gov. Jim Justice has declared a state of emergency 55 counties in West Virginia, due to the heavy rains and flooding of the last few days.

Alongside the river in New Martinsville, the morning of Feb. 17 The river is still expected to rise. (Photo by Tim Pugh)

The State Emergency Operations Center is on enhanced watch status, and will be fully activated if necessary. The West Virginia National Guard has also been notified and put on stand-by for potential mobilization to assist local and county emergency agencies.

UPDATE: Feb. 16, 4:20 p.m. —

The Ohio River at Hannibal Lock and Dam is expected to crest at 36.2 by Feb. 18, early morning. Flood stage is 35 feet. At 36 feet, the lower end of Duerr Street in New Martinsville is predicted to flood. At 35 feet, flooding is predicted to take place in New Martinsville on North Main Street near Virginia Street.

Alongside the river in New Martinsville, the morning of Feb. 17 The river is still expected to rise. (Photo by Tim Pugh)

Heavy and steady rains caused creeks, streams, and ditches to overflow Feb. 16, making for flooded roadways in Wetzel and Tyler counties. Tyler County Schools closed due to flooding, and the Tyler County Education Association cancelled an informational picket that was scheduled for that evening. The TCEA picket was to be held on the bridge at Tyler Consolidated High School. Areas of Elk Fork and Big Run, along with Route 23, flooded. Flooded areas in Wetzel County included the Route 20 areas of Piney, Jacksonburg at Legion Park, and the bottom of Slim Chance Hill. At 1:06 p.m., Feb. 16, the Office of Emergency Services had reported a mudslide on Route 20, near the Jacksonburg Pitstop. The West Virginia Department of Highways was expected to take care of the situation.

After the waters recede, however, the attention of residents, especially those who live alongside the river, will turn to rising river waters.

As of 12:44 p.m., Feb. 16, the Ohio River at Hannibal Lock and Dam was expected to crest at 35.4 feet on Feb. 18. Flood stage is 35 feet. At 35 feet, flooding begins in New Martinsville on North Main Street near Virginia Street. On Feb. 16, emergency officials were moving some of the county vehicles, that are normally located behind the courthouse, to the Office of Emergency Management/911 center in Steelton.

Meanwhile, New Martinsville residents were preparing for river flooding at their homes. Julie Mace said she was preparing to clear out the basement of her home, while Judy Staley said she was making preparations for the removal of her furnace and hot water tank.