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Flood Watch for Mid-Ohio Valley Cancelled But Elevated Creeks, Streams

By: Leslie Barrett, Todd Baucher, Erin Pulsanti Email
By: Leslie Barrett, Todd Baucher, Erin Pulsanti Email

Updated 3/6/2011 5:17 p.m.

The flood watch for the Mid-Ohio Valley has been cancelled but there are reports of elevated creeks and streams in the area.

Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks said Duck Creek in Macksburg, Washington County is over its bank and water is covering Main Street. Near New Matamoras, Sheriff Mincks said water is across both lanes of North Fork Road in Grandview Township. Officials also report water on Cornerville Road in Reno and County rd 9 just past hillsbridge road.

Washington County authorities say drivers should not drive through the water on these roads especially since you do not know how deep it is.

"We don't know what's under that water or how deep it is. If you get out into the water you may not be able to get your car or vehicle back out from the water," says Sgt. Bradley Thorpe with the Washington County Sheriff's Office. "Or, if you're walking through the water there might be such a current that it takes you with it. So, those are two of the main reasons we don't want you going into the water. One, you don't know deep it is and two, and foremost, for your safety."

Wood County Emergency Services Director Ed Hupp said the creeks and streams are elevated but no water-related issues have been reported there.

The National Weather Service issued a special statement for Athens, Washington, and Meigs Counties that there will be elevated creeks and streams through the evening.

The rain is long gone but an inch to an inch-and-a-half of it fell Saturday through early this morning. With saturated ground run off from earlier rain continues to cause elevated creeks and streams allowing many of them to crest near or slightly over bankfull.

Waterways which will remain near or slightly above bankfull through this evening include the Shade River near Chester in Meigs County, Monday Creek near Doanville in Athens County, and the Little Muskingum River near Bloomfield in Washington County.

The Muskingum River in McConnelsville will also stay within a foot of flood stage but is not expected to exceed it. Low spots that are vulnerable near these waterways may be impacted by water. Do not drive your vehicle into areas where water covers the roadway. Also use extra caution around these swollen waterways as their banks may be slippery or unstable.

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Updated 3/6/2011 4:18 p.m.

The flood watch for the Mid-Ohio Valley has been cancelled but there are reports of elevated creeks and streams in the area.

Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks said Duck Creek at Macksburg in Washington County is over its bank and water is covering Main Street. Near New Matamoras, Sheriff Mincks said water is across both lanes of North Fork Road in Grandview Township.

The National Weather Service reminds residents to not drive your vehicles into areas where the water covers the roadway.

Wood County Emergency Services Director Ed Hupp said the creeks and streams are elevated but no water-related issues have been reported there.

The National Weather Service issued a special statement for Athens, Washington, and Meigs Counties that elevated creeks and streams are expected through this afternoon. Precipitation has ended across the area but roughly an inch to an inch-and-a-half of rain fell Saturday through early this morning. With saturated ground, water from earlier rain will continue to run off into area creeks and streams allowing many of them to get near or slightly over bankfull.

Low spots of secondary roads and some fields adjacent to streams may get covered by water.

Streams near or slightly above bankfull for this afternoon include the Shade River near Chester in Meigs County, Monday Creek near Doanville in Athens County, and the Little Muskingum River near Bloomfield in Washington County.

Again the NWS reminds residents to not drive your vehicles into areas where the water covers the roadway.

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Updated 3/6/2011 @ 9:30 A.M.

The flood watch for portions of northeast Kentucky...southeast
Ohio and western West Virginia has been cancelled. Significant
rain and snow has ended...with the threat of flooding greatly
reduced.

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Updated Saturday @ 10 a.m.

A flood watch issued by the National Weather Service is in effect from 1 p.m. Saturday through Sunday afternoon for Morgan, Athens, Washington, Meigs, and Gallia Counties in Ohio and Mason, Jackson, Wood, Pleasants, Tyler, Wirt, and Ritchie Counties in West Virginia. In Monroe and Noble Counties a flood watch began Saturday morning. In Roane, Calhoun, Doddridge, and Gilmer Counties a flood watch begins Saturday evening.

For Morgan, Athens, Washington, Meigs, and Gallia Counties in Ohio and Mason, Jackson, Wood, Pleasants, Tyler, Wirt, and Ritchie Counties in West Virginia.
 
* Rain amounts of 1 to 2 inches are expected mainly during Saturday and Saturday night. Due to the wet ground and elevated water levels if rain amounts of 1.5 to 2 inches become widespread the threat of small stream flooding increases.
* This rain event may also eventually lead to some river flooding. Crests on these rivers and some of the larger streams would be Sunday night into Monday.
*In southeast Ohio this would include Raccoon Creek and Symmes Creek plus the Muskingum River, the Hocking River and the Shade River.
*The whole Ohio River will need to be monitored as well.

A flood watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts. Those that live along flood prone waterways plus county and state officials should increase their weather awareness now. Monitor water levels periodically this weekend and even more often during periods of significant rain. Be prepared to take action should flooding develop or a warning is posted.

For Monroe and Noble Counties a flood watch remains in effect from 7 am est Saturday morning through Sunday morning.

* Rainfall of one to two inches on saturated ground Saturday into Sunday will likely cause flooding of streams and creeks as well as low lying areas.
* In addition the Saturday night period appears to be when most of the heavier rain will occur. Locations getting 24-hour rainfall amounts of more than 1.5 inches could impact the larger rivers.

A flood watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts.

You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible
flood warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be
prepared to take action should flooding develop 

For Roane, Calhoun, Doddridge, and Gilmer Counties a flood watch remains in effect from Saturday evening through Sunday evening.

*Rain amounts of 1 to 2 inches are expected mainly late Saturday afternoon into early Sunday morning. Due to the wet ground and elevated water levels if rain amounts of 1.5 to 2 inches become widespread the threat of small stream flooding increases.
* This rain event may also eventually lead to some river flooding. Crest on the rivers and some of the large streams would be Sunday night or Monday. Rivers such as the West Fork, the Tygart Valley, the Little Kanawha, the Coal, and the Elk are most vulnerable. Yet all the rivers will have to be monitored into the new work week.

A flood watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts. Those that live along flood prone waterways plus county and state officials should increase their weather awareness now. Monitor water levels periodically this weekend and even more often during periods of significant rain. Be prepared to take action should flooding develop or a warning is posted.

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Updated and expanded Friday @ 3 p.m.
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The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for the entire WTAP view area in the Mid-Ohio Valley from Saturday morning through Sunday afternoon.

One to two inches of rainfall on saturated ground Saturday into Sunday will likely cause flooding of streams and creeks as well as low lying areas.

A flood watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts. You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible flood warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop.


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