Two Men Rescued From High Water on Captina Creek in Belmont County

Widespread Flooding Seen

Photo by Scott McCloskey The high water along Big Wheeling Creek left chunks of ice in the parking lot of Kroger early today. Cold temperatures along with significant snowfall are expected tonight through Saturday morning.

Moderate rain combined with melting snow resulted in flooding on numerous roadways in the Ohio Valley this morning and caused a vehicle to be caught up in rising water on Captina Creek in Belmont County.

According to Belmont County 911 dispatch, two men in the vehicle were rescued from the raging water on Captina Creek along Ohio 148. The Belmont County Sheriff’s Department, Powhatan Volunteer Fire Department, Wheeling Fire Department’s Swift Water Rescue Team and other agencies all responded.

According to Belmont County officials, the rescue effort became necessary after a motorist drove his vehicle into a flooded area of road. The driver and a passenger were rescued safely from Captina Creek.

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 are making travel difficult in many areas including along GC&P and Dement roads in Ohio County. Several other roads, including Castleman Run and Short Creek Road were impassable at press time and motorists are urged to stay away from standing water on the roads.

Some flooded basements were reported in the Elm Grove area of Wheeling. Fire officials said Big Wheeling Creek had spilled over its bank at the Kroger parking lot in Woodsdale before 8 a.m. The creek was measured just under 13 feet at the Washington Avenue Bridge. However, by 9 a.m., fire officials said the debris and ice jams on the creek had broken loose and water levels were receding along the creek.

Kings Creek Road in Hancock County was closed this morning and residents were evacuated from flooded areas.

Moundsville fire fighters responded to a garage fire with possible explosion this morning on Diamond Avenue near 12th Street. Two men were reported to be in garage at the time, but were not injured. Flooding also was reported in that area.

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

Meanwhile, the Ohio Valley remains under a winter storm warning this afternoon through Saturday morning. Freezing rain is expected to be followed by snowfall totaling 5-8 inches this afternoon and overnight into Saturday morning. Temperatures will drop into the teens overnight and remain cold throughout the weekend.