Dealing From Both Sides

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Late Friday afternoon, a state of emergency was declared for Washington County.

So far,16 homes in Washington County have been identified as affected by flood waters, with seven people having to leave their residences.

A preliminary damage assessment has not been able to reveal whether there's enough damage to meet state of Ohio’s criteria for disaster assistance.

County officials say anyone who suffered flood damage this week should report it immediately to the county emergency management assessment office. The number is 740-373-5613.

One place where the water levels aren't subsiding is near the Belleville locks and dams. Just below Parkersburg on the Ohio River the gates that usually hold back the river water were lifted to allow a free flow and prevent more flooding.

Though access to the fishing area is still open to the public, the fast moving water wasn't a draw for any fishermen Friday.