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Rural Flooding Subsiding; Many Without Power; Ohio River Will Not Flood
Posted on: 07/11/2013
By  Mike Cullums
Updated, 5:30 pm
 
Here is WMOA News' afternoon update on recent weather- and river-related matters...
 
AT 8:47 AM, THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ISSUED A NEW FLOOD WARNING FOR DUCK CREEK IN NORTH CENTRAL WASHINGTON COUNTY. THIS WARNING IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 8:45 PM.
 
As of 5:00e today, the following state highways in Washington County were underwater:
 
SR 145 between Lower Salem and Noble County 
SR 821 at Macksburg, Elba, Lower Salem and Whipple Straits
 
A number of county and township roads are also underwater at locations throughout the area.
 
The line of severe thunderstorms that roared across the area last evening left a lot of downed trees and high water in its wake. The Devola and Fearing fire departments responded to a structure fire on Stanleyville Road just off Glendale Road as the storm subsided. The residents escaped injury. No other details were available.  
 
Most fire departments in the area were out well into the night, dealing with trees on roadways and power lines. Their responses were often hindered by high water in many locations. The Weather Service says Washington County received 1.5 to 2 inches of rain from last evening's storm.  
 
A crest prediction for the Ohio River at Marietta, issued by the Weather Service this afternoon, calls for a crest of 26.8 feet tonight. That is 8.2 feet below flood stage. At 4:00 a.m., the stage was 26.1 feet.
 
The Muskingum River at McConnelsville crested at 9.5 feet overnight last night. A slow fall is projected to around 7 feet Sunday afternoon. The Muskingum at McConnelsville was at 9 feet at 4:00 this afternoon and falling slowly.  
 
No forecasts are being issued for the new Muskingum River gage at Beverly until a modern data history can be built for the site, but the Muskingum has crested at Beverly after a sharp rise yesterday. The crest was at 28.2 feet early this morning, less than a foot below flood stage.  At 4:00 this afternoon, the stage was at 26.2 feet - a two foot drop since its crest. Flood stage at Beverly is 29 feet. 
 
Power outages: As of 4:00 p.m., AEP Ohio was reporting 915 customers without power in Washington County; 2106 in Morgan County. Washington Electric Cooperative reports about 1200 outages in their service area, with about 900 of those served by the Dart substation.
 
While the area appears to have dodged a river flood, the heavy rain and high water has taken a toll on a popular local event.
 
The Riverfront Roar has lost its roar. The powerboat races that are the centerpiece of the 13th annual event have been cancelled, due to high, swift, muddy water and all the debris that will still be in the river this weekend. All other parts of the event will still go on, including the entertainment and Saturday night fireworks.  
 
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