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Overnight Rain Brings Flash Floods
Posted on: 08/13/2013
By  Mike Cullums
 
Weather tops the news this morning. A front stalled over the area last night, leading to nearly four hours of steady rain before the front sagged southeast after 3 AM.

Doppler radar in Charleston estimates that 2.5 to 3 inches of rain fell over central and southern Washington County, northern Wood County and much of Pleasants County early this morning. About 3 inches of rain fell at the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport, and a weather spotter in Warren Township reported 4 inches in his rain gage as of 5 AM.
 
It was all much more than the already saturated ground could handle. Law enforcement agencies, fire departments and road crews were out all night, dealing with the effects of flash flooding.
 
Here in Marietta, a number of motorists became stranded in high water on low-lying portions of Third, Seventh, Greene, Pike and other streets before "road closed" signs could be erected. A number of trees fell, including a large one that blocked Lancaster Street Hill for more than an hour, as crews with chain saws hacked away. And there were reports of manhole covers being lifted from streets by the force of water in storm drains.

One potentially serious situation was a water rescue in Dunham Township. A resident called 9-1-1 just after 2 AM to report that he could see an occupied vehicle stranded in high water on Veto Road, near Barth Road. Dunham volunteer firefighters had to take a convoluted detour, since Veto Road was underwater in several spots between the firehouse and the scene of the incident. In that same area, a spotter reported to the Weather Service that the East Branch of the Little Hocking along Veto Road was still out of its banks as of 4 AM.
 
Numerous rural roads were still partially or completely blocked by high water or debris at sunrise. Please use extra caution on the way to work.
 
Meanwhile, our neighbors in two nearby West Virginia counties are dealing with serious problems. 
 
The NWS says that in Ritchie County, severe flash flooding was reported in Pennsboro early this morning, with multiple homes being evacuated.
 
And Pleasants County Emergency Management informed the NWS that multiple roads and bridges have been washed out in the southeast corner of Pleasants County, and rescue personnel are having trouble getting to stranded people.
 
Pleasants County Schools are on a two-hour delay due to flooding and downed trees.
 
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