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Minor Flooding in Belmont County

October 14, 2011
By CASEY JUNKINS Staff Writer , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

BELMONT - About 1 inch of rain fell onto parts of Belmont County from 5-6 p.m. Thursday, causing some streams and creeks to temporarily exceed their banks.

"There has been some minor road flooding," said Becky Horne of the Belmont County Emergency Management Agency. "There have been reports of basements being flooded, but no flooding of any living areas in homes."

Most of the problems seemed to occur in the western and southern portions of the county, as areas from Lafferty to Holloway to Armstrongs Mills experienced culvert flooding, among other issues. Horne said the inch of rain that fell in one hour was actually measured in the Barnesville area.

Horne said there was a rumor that the dam at Barkcamp State Park near Belmont had overflowed. She refuted this, noting there was only some runoff from areas near the dam.

One area that saw some flooding was Airport Road, just west of St. Clairsville. Horne said eyewitnesses reported seeing 2 feet of water on certain parts of the road for a short time.

Also, areas near Captina Creek saw some minor flooding, while water also got close to the road along Ohio 149 between Warnock and Belmont. There were additional reports of flooding at the intersection of Ohio 149 and Ohio 147 near Belmont, as well as in parts of Bethesda.

Sheriff's deputies and local volunteer fire departments were called out to assist with traffic control in areas where high water threatened motorists.

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