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The Day After

It isn't as bad as last September, but the Ohio and Muskingum Rivers topped out at just a couple of feet below the 40-year levels of four months ago. Now, the business of drying out and cleaning up begins again.

What Mother Nature couldn't do, city crews and private businesses hoped to get out of their buildings, and even though the river levels were starting to fall, large pumps are likely to be going non-stop.

“Yeah, there's water in there," observed business owner Sylvia Corporale.

That, in spite of the sandbags lining most of the buildings in flood-prone areas of Downtown Marietta. Even in the wintertime, this is a bustling part of the city, but Saturday morning, except for the occasional rowers and amateur photographers, Front Street and Historic Harmar Village were mostly vacant.

"You can look down Front Street, there's not a single car on the street,” explained Mayor Michael Mullen. "We saw many cars with their roofs showing after the September event. I think it is indicative that a lot of people were prepared and got to high ground, and we hope the change will be just a fraction of that September event."

As it has for 55 years, a floodwall protected Downtown Parkersburg from any high water or damage, but people in Marietta are adamant they DON'T want a floodwall in their downtown area.

Aside from the issue of how much it would cost, there's concerns about placing it where it would affect the attractiveness of the historic downtown and West Side.


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