High water closes roads in Washington County

Washington County reports flooded roads

MARIETTA – Authorities in Washington County have shut down several roads due to flooding, and officials are warning more flooding is possible throughout the day.

According to the Washington County Sheriff’s Department, shortly after 9 a.m. water was covering several roads in the county, including: The Bridge at Whipple Run Road and Kohl Road just off Ohio 821, at the 5-mile-marker of Caywood Road, several spots between the 7 to 11-mile-markers on Ohio 26 that are close to the road but not across yet, and Ohio 26 just past Heldman Road.

The National Weather Service in Charleston has issued a flood warning for small streams in north central Washington County in southeast Ohio, this includes the city of Marietta, until 6:30 tonight. Rains from Wednesday are continuing to run off into Duck Creek. Duck Creek is still rising slowly and will crest late this morning at Whipple and will arrive in Marietta this afternoon.

A flood warning means that flooding is imminent or has been reported. Do not drive your vehicle into areas where the water covers the roadway. The water depth may be too great to allow your car to cross safely.

In West Virginia, Tyler County Schools was closed Thursday due to widespread flooding. Doddridge County Schools was on a two-hour delay due to heavy wind and rain. Ritchie County Schools also had a two-hour delay, but did not list a reason on the West Virginia Department of Education’s web site.

Read the whole story in Friday’s News and Sentinel.