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Flood Warning for Little Muskingum River, Duck Creek, Smaller Streams
Posted on: 01/31/2013
By  Mike Cullums
Note: Link to Ohio River gage at Marietta is provided below.
A Flood Warning for small streams in eastern and central Washington County remains in effect until 6:30 this evening (Jan. 31).
The National Weather Service in Charleston says rains from yesterday continue to run off into the little Muskingum River in northeastern Washington County. The Little Muskingum was forecast to crest at Bloomfield at midday today, with the crest moving downstream to the Ohio River at Reno by this evening.
In addition, rains from yesterday continue to run off into Duck Creek. Duck Creek was forecast to crest at Whipple at midday, with the crest moving downstream to the Ohio River in Marietta by early evening.
Do not drive your vehicle into areas where the water covers the roadway. The water depth may be too great to allow your car to cross safely. Please report high water to the National Weather Service by calling toll free...800-401-9535...when you can do so safely.  
The Ohio Department of Transportation says State Route 26 is under water at several locations near the Little Muskingum, as is State Route 260 at the intersection with Route 26, at Bloomfield.
ODOT says State Route 821 has “restricted access” or is blocked at numerous locations along Duck Creek in Noble and Washington counties.   
The Washington County Sheriff's Office is reporting high water on Caywood Road, at Whipple Straits, and on other secondary roads. You can track the most up-to-date road closure list at the Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.
The National Weather Service is predicting that the Ohio River at Marietta - click here to access gage -  will crest at 29.6 feet early on Saturday morning (forecast issued 11:35 AM Jan. 31). Flood stage at Marietta is 35 feet.
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