More than a week since a storm caused flooding in Moundsville, residents and city workers are still working to clean up the damage.
The Upper Ohio Valley continued to be hit with severe thunderstorms this past week, but according to Marshall County Emergency Management Director Tom Hart, the county seemed to miss the worst of it.
"Mother nature spared us," Hart said. "We spent the entire day (Wednesday) monitoring the weather conditions and watching storms develop in western and central Ohio, where some of the neighboring counties had significant rainfall. We did have some heavy rains in the county and high winds."
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Sod gathered from the John Marshall High School baseball field piles up during continuing clean-up after last week’s flood.
Less than 200 people in Marshall County lost power last week due to damaging storm winds, Hart said. Signs were posted along Fish Creek Road warning motorists that parts of the road that were underwater from creek flooding. Some trees had fallen along several roads, Hart said, but for the most part, the county has sustained little damage since the initial flooding.
"We were out checking creeks and streams, but they had stayed within the banks," Hart said. "We were fortunate there were not real issues."
However, parts of the city are still dealing with flood clean-up, including the Valley Fork City Park baseball fields, which remains closed to traffic. The fields were deemed unsafe to use by the Marshall County Health Department last week, causing the cancellation of the Beast of the East baseball tournament games that had been scheduled for Moundsville. It was also reported several copperhead snakes were found in the adjacent walking trail.
According to health department Sanitarian Supervisor Richard Lucas, rain from the past week has delayed clean-up of the fields, which requires a few days of dry weather to eliminate harmful bacteria.
"We are waiting for it to drop," Lucas said. "It's a little too muddy to scoop up debris, but we are hoping in the next couple of days it'll be dry, then the health department will do a visual inspection of the place. There's mostly a lot of silt and mud from the creek and wood debris."
Lucas said the department is not sure how much the fields were affected by private septic systems that overflowed from the flooding, but said people should stay out of the area until it is deemed safe.
Residents have a chance of getting an infection from the fields, especially if they have an open wound or if their hands touch their mouth after being in the field.
The girls' softball field on the opposite side of 12th Street was also hit by flooding, Lucas said, but water has stayed outside the perimeter and people are playing on the field again.
Residents of Maxwell Acres were still in clean-up mode last week, as residents continued to collect water-damaged furniture and household items from garages that were flooded.
Hart noted many residents are waiting for information from insurance adjusters before throwing away some items.