UPDATE: Malfunctioning water gauge in Marietta fixed; Ohio River readings now accurate

MARIETTA, Ohio (WTAP) - UPDATE:02/23/18 3:40 P.M.

Authorities say a malfunctioning gauge used to measure the Ohio River water level in Marietta has been repaired and is now providing accurate information.

Washington County authorities say the gauge had been giving a reading that was 2.6 feet lower than the actual water level.

As of 3 p.m., the river is expected to crest at 39.7 feet in Marietta sometime on Monday.

The most-current reading shows the level at 32.59 feet. Flood stage in Marietta is 35 feet.

In Parkerburg, the most-current reading shows the river level at 32.33 feet. The river is expected to crest at 41.5 feet on Monday. The flood stage is 36 feet.


UPDATE: 02/23/2018

As Marietta prepares for major flooding from the Ohio River this weekend, officials are investigating reports of a problem with a gauge used to monitor the water level.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office says county and city officials have been receiving reports of a discrepancy with water levels and various benchmarks of previous flooding.

Authorities say the gauge is reading approximately 2.6 feet lower than actual river level.

According to the Ohio River Forecast Center, as of 9 a.m., the Ohio River in Marietta was at 29.7 feet. It's expected to crest at 41.5 feet. Flood stage is 35 feet.

Officials say they have been working with the United Sates Geological Survey, which owns and operates the river gauge.

The USGS is sending personnel to address the "malfunctioning gauge, and it's expected to be operational sometime on Friday.

The actual river level will be posted on the City of Marietta’s website, www.mariettaoh.net, and the Facebook pages for the city of Marietta, the the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and the Washington County Emergency Management Authority.


Marietta officials have closed the downtown area as businesses and residents continue flooding preparations.

This includes Front, Second, Greene and Butler streets.

City officials say that unless you have a reason to be downtown, you should avoid the area.

According to the Ohio River Forecast Center, as of 9 a.m., the Ohio River in Marietta was at 29.7 feet. It's expected to crest at 41.5 feet. Flood stage is 35 feet.

In Parkersburg, the river level was at 32.2 feet. It's expected to crest at 43 feet. Flood stage is 36 feet.

Meanwhile, one local company is offering to help downtown businesses affected by the flooding.

Broughton Commercial Properties has offered to allow businesses to use its buildings and lots for storage. There also is space available for parking trucks and trailers.

Businesses can call 740-374-9396 or 740-516-6959 for more information.

In addition, GoBus has altered its route because of flooding concerns in Marietta. The new stop through at least Sunday is at the Kmart at 502 Pike St. Anyone with questions can call 888-954-6287