Parkersburg Flood Gates Ready for Use

By: Cathleen Moxley Email
By: Cathleen Moxley Email

The Mid-Ohio Valley was able to avoid Mother Nature's damage across the region this past weekend, but water levels were still a little too close for comfort.

All 14 flood gates in Parkersburg stayed open, but several pumps were put into use to control flooding in certain areas.

While some city employees manned the pumps, others were on standby in case the gates were needed.

The flood wall spans about five miles and is inspected annually; something city officials say should put residents at ease.

"I'm very confident. It's got a history behind it of 60 years of protecting us," Jerry Edman, Parkersburg Public Works Director, said.

The last time any flood gates were needed was in 2005 when the Ohio River rose more than four feet above flood level.


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