High water covers parts of region

Amber Gillenwater

May 1, 2014

OHIO VALLEY — High water throughout the Ohio Valley was the cause of many detours on Thursday morning as Raccoon Creek in Gallia County, and other small creeks and streams throughout the area burst from their banks, covering roadways.

In northern Gallia County, motorists traveling along Ohio 325 from Rio Grande and in and around Vinton had to find other routes to travel as water covered the roadway in several places. Ohio 554 between Bidwell and Rio Grande was also covered near a bridge over Raccoon Creek, as the creek, that snakes around Tycoon Lake, emptied into nearby fields.

According to the National Weather Service, Racoon Creek at Adamsville near Rio Grande was at 17.49 feet as of 8 p.m. Thursday night — flood stage is at 21 feet — while the “action stage” is at 19 feet and “major flood stage” is at 28 feet.

While smaller creeks and streams were flooding as a result of days of heavy rainfall in the area, the Ohio River will crest tomorrow evening, according to the National Weather Service, well below flood stage.

The gauge at the Robert C. Byrd Locks and Dam near Eureka in Gallia County indicates that the Ohio River, as of 8 p.m. Thursday, was at 30.47 feet. Flood stage is at 50 feet at that location. The river is expected to crest there tomorrow at 31.2 feet before receding to its normal level. Monday, the “normal” water level was at 18 feet.

At Point Pleasant, the Ohio River was at 28.01 feet as of Thursday evening and is predicted to crest tomorrow at 28.1 feet. Flood stage at that location is 40 feet.

A slight chance of rain is in the forecast for Friday night after 1 a.m., while Saturday night a equally low — 20 percent chance — of showers is in the forecast.

On Sunday, showers could occur after 1 p.m., according to the National Weather Service, but the forecast for the majority of next week is sunny with a high around 74 by Tuesday afternoon.