Yesterday was a clean-up day
for residents, businesses, and government workers after the flash flooding of
early Tuesday morning.
Forecasters at the National
Weather Service in Charleston often tell weather spotter classes that flash
flooding at night has the most potential to take lives of any type of weather
event in the hills and hollows of Appalachia. So the region was fortunate that,
despite a swath from Athens to Clarksburg receiving up to four inches of rain
in four hours, no loss of life has been reported.
Yesterday, WMOA News reported
on a water rescue on Veto Road. Since then it’s become apparent that Dunham
Township received the worst flooding in the county. In addition to Veto Road,
motorists had to evacuate or be rescued from vehicles on Oxbow and Dugan roads.
Heavy rain took a toll
on Marietta City Hall again. The building is being re-roofed and, once again, a
temporary roof patch by the contractor did not hold. This time, the police dispatch
center was spared but other areas were affected, including the main fire
The fire station phones,
which include the traditional seven-digit emergency fire number, were out of
service for much of the day, while AT&T made repairs. Fire Chief C.W.
Durham says the lines were restored by mid-afternoon.
During the outage, the public
was urged to call 9-1-1 instead of the old fire line. That's a good idea anytime, since 9-1-1 displays your location - instantly from a
landline and usually within 60 seconds from a cell phone.