Downtown Marietta gets back on its feet post flood threat

MARIETTA, Ohio (WTAP) - While flood warnings were still in effect-by Sunday afternoon, the Mid-Ohio Valley caught a bit of a break.

Monday, workers with Haessly Lumber went around, re-purposing all the sand bags that were put out to protect structures around town. They spent the day crawling downtown reclaiming sand bags that merchants don't want to keep.

Safety director Jonathan Hupp says the plan is to keep the bags and get sand back to the garages and out of the way.

He says an “after action meeting” is planned to evaluate what went well and what didn't in preparation for the floods. He was impressed with how well things were communicated throughout the city using Facebook.

"It has to be noted that the city may have acted as a facilitator of information through the cities website or the emergency alert system, but without the directors of Main Street and the Chamber of Commerce who constantly were working, the volunteers from just growing up, showing up, seeing what they can do, to Will Hampton bringing down high school students or students of all ages last week. Their abilities and their reach were just invaluable through this whole process."

On Friday Marietta Main Street is giving their "First Friday" celebration for March an "Open for Business" theme with a ribbon cutting ceremony. It’s in hopes of getting people back downtown and shopping, to help the businesses that have been closed.

Ohio Governor John Kasich issued an Emergency Proclamation that included Washington County. The state is requesting Washington County complete Public Assistance and Individual Assistance paperwork.
Washington County EMA Director, Richard Hays, says there is no guarantee that Wasington County will be able to reach the thresh hold to meet presidential disaster declaration (FEMA).

The State of Ohio thresh hold is just over 17 million dollars to meet the requirements.

If you know of any individual residents in your area that had flood water inside their residence please you are asked to have them contact the EMA office.

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