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Marietta Escapes Severe Weather Threat; Ohio River to Crest Near Flood Stage
Posted on: 05/15/2014
By  Mike Cullums
The Marietta area was fortunate last evening to avoid weather-related problems. Strong thunderstorm winds and hail caused problems as close as 40 miles to our west, north and east. South Central Ohio suffered the worst weather, as ONN is reporting today.
Only minor high water issues were reported locally, in the usual flood prone low spots near creeks and streams. The Flood Watch that was to be in effect until Friday morning was cancelled this afternoon.
Of some growing concern, however, is the latest river forecast.

At midday today (Thu.) the National Weather Service in Charleston predicts the Ohio River at Marietta will crest at 31 feet on Sunday afternoon. Flood stage is 35 feet. 

The Muskingum River at McConnelsville is forecast to flow steadily at or just below the 11 foot flood stage through the weekend. 

After waiting more than a week near the confluence of the rivers near the Lafayette Hotel, the historic steam-powered towboat W. P. Snyder, Junior, was towed to a more sheltered marine facility in Vienna yesterday to ride out the high water.

The Snyder was brought back to Marietta from drydock near Point Pleasant last week following a million-dollar refurbishment, but Ohio Historical Society officials could not make the final half-mile journey home to the Ohio River Museum because the old sternwheeler towboat won't fit under the Putnam and Washington Street bridges until the Muskingum recedes.

It now looks like that won't happen until some time next week.

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