High water affecting roads in Mid-Ohio Valley

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - UPDATE: 5/20/20 7:45 P.M.
Heavy rains have caused some flooding in the Mid-Ohio Valley. According to our staff meteorologists, in the 48 hours leading up to 10 o’clock Wednesday morning, Parkersburg received 2.43 inches of rain. Our meteorologists said Wednesday saw 1.7 inches of rain and broke a rainfall record.

The heavy rain caused water to rise above the roads in some areas of Wood County and Washington County. Wood County dispatch had heard reports of high water above Old St. Mary’s Pike in multiple places, and in other parts of the county. A portion of State Route 676 in Washington County was closed on Wednesday morning, but reopened by 5 p.m.

At the time of this article being written, there are some road closures in Athens and Noble Counties.

They are:

Athens County:
State Route 550 closed between East SR 329 and SR 377
State Route 377 between SR 550 and Morgan County Line
State Route 329 closed between SR 144 and SR 550
State Route 13 restricted between SR 329 and SR 78

Noble County:
State Route 146 between SR 147 and SR 513
State Route 260 between SR 145 and SR 724

Transportation officials said drivers should avoid high water wherever possible.

“It's better to maybe make your trip a little longer and go a different way than risk traveling through high water and potentially getting stuck and into a very dangerous situation,” said Ashley Rittenhouse, Public Information Officer for Ohio Department of Transportation District 10.

UPDATED: 5/20/20 4:35 P.M.

As of 4:15 p.m., the Ohio Department of Transportation District 10 office in Marietta said the following routes in Athens County have been affected by high water:

- State Route 13 between State Routes 329 and 78 (restricted)
- State Route 329 between States Routes 144 and State Route 550 (closed)
- State Route 377 between State Route 550 and the Morgan County line (closed)
- State Route 550 between east State Routes 329 and 377 (closed)


ORIGINAL STORY: 5/20/20

With nearly two inches of rain reported in the past 24 hours, high water has begun to affect travel on several roads in the Mid-Ohio Valley.

In Parkersburg, 1.9 inches of rain has fallen during the past 24 hours and 2.43 inches over the past 48 hours,, according to Meteorologist Thomas Battle.

Flood warnings are in effect until 4 p.m. Wednesday for Wood, Pleasants and Ritchie counties in West Virginia, and Washington, Athens and Morgan counties in Ohio.

As of 10:30 a.m., State Route 676 was closed between State Routes 555 and 792, according to the Ohio Department of Transportation District 10 office in Marietta.

As of 9:45 a.m., ODOT also reported that water was partially covering at least two roads in Athens County: State Route 550 between State Routes 690 and 329 and State Route 550 between east State Routes 329 and SR 377.

In Wood County, no major flooding has been reported, but high water was reported along Core Road in Parkersburg and deputies did have to go a different route to a call because of high water along Laurel Creek, Sheriff Steve Stephens said.

Drivers are reminded that they should never attempt to travel through high water.