Early Rain, Flooding Yield To Evening Snow and Ice Around Ohio Valley

Photo by Scott McCloskey Elm Grove Riesbeck’s employees Kaleb Becca, left, and Chalky Carroll, right, assist customers who packed the store Friday afternoon to stock up on supplies in anticipation of snow and ice.

Friday began with temperatures in the 50s and rain combining with melting snow to cause flooding across the Ohio Valley — and ended with a coating of snow and ice covering the area.

According to Belmont County 911 dispatch, two men in a vehicle that drove through a flooded area of road were rescued from raging water on Captina Creek along Ohio 148.

Meanwhile, fire and police officials throughout the region reported flooding along low-lying roads in the Northern Panhandle and Belmont and Jefferson counties in East Ohio.

Debris and ponding water made travel difficult in many areas including along GC&P and Dement roads in Ohio County. Some flooded basements were reported in the Elm Grove area of Wheeling, while Big Wheeling Creek had spilled over its bank at the Kroger parking lot in Woodsdale before 8 a.m.

High water also was reported in and around Bethany and the McKinleyville area of Brooke County.

In Weirton, residents of the Kings Creek area woke Friday to emergency crews urging them to evacuate as a precaution because of rising water. The area escaped major damage, and the Thomas E. Millsop Community Center was converted into a temporary shelter for those evacuated.

Moundsville fire fighters responded to a garage fire with possible explosion this morning on Diamond Avenue near 12th Street. No one was injured. Flooding also was reported in that area.

Portions of W.Va. 2 and other roads in Wetzel County were under water this morning.

As many residents dealt with the threat of flooding, others in the Ohio Valley were preparing for the winter storm which hit the area late Friday. Area grocery stores were packed with customers seeking to stock up on essentials in case they became stranded.

At press time, officials were reporting icy road conditions around the area, although the area had seen limited snowfall by about 10 p.m.