Flash Floods Close Roads Around the Ohio Valley

Heavy storms Sunday evening brought bouts of creek flooding to some areas of the Ohio Valley.

There were reports of flooding on Short Creek in Dillonvale that covered Jefferson County Road 7. Some sections of Rayland and Tiltonsville also saw flooding.

In Brooke County, some areas of Wellsburg and Follansbee received flooding and reports of downed trees and water in basements.

A portion of W.Va. 2 also was flooded between Wellsburg and Beech Bottom.

Lou Vargo, director of the Wheeling-Ohio County Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency, said creek water was getting high near North Fork Road late Sunday. He said first responders were keeping watch over it.

“(Division) of Highways workers are putting high water signs there,” Vargo said.

In Marshall County, Emergency Management Director Tom Hart said he had yet to receive any reports of flooding in his county. He said crews would monitor the creeks and streams during the next few hours.

“Brooke and Hancock counties had issues. We’re also going to be monitoring that in case they need any assistance,” Hart said.

A few Ohio Valley residents took to social media to record and share their photos and video of flooding where they live and drive. The National Weather Service in Pittsburgh issued a flash flood warning until 11 p.m. Sunday. It projected about 2 inches of rain would fall in a few hours.

Meanwhile, late Friday or early Saturday, a large tree on Guernsey Street in Bellaire, located yards from the McDonald’s, was uprooted during another storm. A light pole next to it also appeared to be damaged.

Resident Barbara Ley said the tree was shredded by a contractor on Sunday.

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