Update: Cleanup continues at Mountwood Park after weekend storms

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WOOD COUNTY, W.Va.-(WTAP) Updated: 7/25/2017 5:25 P.M.

It's been a couple of days since the past weekend's severe weather.

But, at Mountwood Park, the cleanup is far from over.

Debris is being removed this week in the area of the park lake and playground, where Saturday's heavy rains damaged boat docks and concession areas, among others.

Much of the work is being done by volunteers, who have donated manpower and equipment to get the job done.

"We're going to have the (Deerwalk) fire department here in the next day or two," says Park Manager Jeremy Cross, "and they're going to help us spray all the mud off the boat docks and boat launch, so that's going to help a lot. The department of highways has been here the past two days; they've been a tremendous help cleaning out the ditches and the culverts, and all of that stuff."

Ironically, Cross says some more rain might actually help wash away the mess left by the storms.

White Oak Village, the campgrounds, bike path and ATV trails were largely unaffected by Saturday's heavy rains.

It's hoped cleanup can be completed by the end of the week.


Updated: 7/23/2017 3:55 P.M.

Lt. Gary Goodwin of the Eastwood Volunteer Fire Department says a missing boat on the Little Kanawha River was found Sunday afternoon.

Lt. Goodwin says the craft came loose from its dock site at Spring Valley in Wirt County, and was spotted off South Meadville Road in Wood County, some 10 miles away.

It's not believed anyone had been in the boat when it came loose.


Updated: 7/23/2017 1:20 P.M.

Counties in our area we've been able to contact have not reported significant damage from this weekend's storms.

The 911 center in Ritchie County had reports of fallen trees, but no damage to buildings or individuals. High water was reported along Main Street in Cairo.


Original story: 7/23/2017 10:30 A.M.

Heavy rain Saturday left its mark on the area, in the form of high water and storm damage.

High water blocked the area of Camden Avenue and Division Street on the south side of Parkersburg, stranding at least one motorist who needed the help of police in moving his vehicle.

Our viewers notified us of brief periods of high water in other parts of the city, including Murdoch Avenue near Camden Clark Medical Center, and trees down across the city and in Vienna.

Mountwood Park reported high water and damage to concession stands. Those problems were confined to the lake area.

At last report, the Eastwood Volunteer Fire Department was searching for a boat reported missing on the Little Kanawha River, according to the Wood County 911 Center. A 911 supervisor had no word of anyone being on the boat. Eastwood fire officials could not immediately be reached for comment.

The 911 Center reminds residents to contact them only in emergencies.

We'll have more details on area storm damage as they become available to us.