OHIO VALLEY — As of Tuesday afternoon, the National Weather Service issued a flood warning for Gallia, Meigs and Mason counties and the Ohio River remains predicted to reach flood stage at several locations in the readership area.
From Monday until press time Tuesday, there were minor changes in the river crest predictions, with slightly higher water level predictions reported for the locks and dams in Belleville and Racine, while predictions were only slightly down for Point Pleasant and the R.C. Byrd Locks and Dam. Pomeroy’s prediction was unchanged. Still, despite the fluctuations, all of these locations are predicted to see the Ohio River at or near flood stage in the next few days and residents should exercise caution.
As of press time Tuesday, river crest predictions along the Ohio River according to the National Weather Service, were as follows:
Belleville Locks and Dam, crest is now predicted at 37.9 feet on Thursday (up slightly from the previous prediction of 37.8 feet) after cresting at 36.45 feet this past weekend. Flood stage is at 35 feet. As of press time on Tuesday, the water level was observed at 28.9 feet. A crest at 37.9 feet will be comparable to last weekend’s crest of 36.45 feet. At Belleville, at 34 feet, water begins to cover Ohio 124 at the mouth of Laucks Run, north of Portland; at 35 feet, Ohio 124 is flooded north of Stiversville Road, at Rock Run, at Wells Run to Smith Ridge to Dewitts Run, at Forked Run, at Curtis Hollow Road and between Long Bottom and Shade River. Ohio State Route 124 near the Washington and Meigs county line, also experiences flooding. At 38 feet, Route 124 towards Racine is flooded. Sections of Ohio State Route 248 at Sand Hill are flooded.
Racine Locks and Dam, crest is predicted at 43.9 feet on Thursday (up slightly from the previous prediction of 43.8 feet) after cresting at 40.38 feet this past weekend. Flood stage is 41 feet at Racine. As of press time on Tuesday, the water level was observed at 32.56 feet. A crest near 43.9 feet compares to a previous crest of 42.4 feet on April 6, 2018. At 41 feet, Ohio 124 at Antiquity starts to flood. Areas of Ravenswood are flooded upstream from Racine Lock. With a crest near 42 feet, Ohio 124 at Minersville is flooded. At 44 feet, West Virginia Route 62 is flooded just below Racine Lock at West Creek. More areas along Ohio Route 124 are flooded.
Pomeroy is still estimated to crest at 47.4 feet on Thursday, after cresting at 43 feet this past weekend. Flood stage is 46 feet. As of press time on Tuesday, the water level was observed at 34.43 feet. A crest near 47.4 feet compares to a previous crest of 46.5 feet on Feb. 21, 2000. Last year, the river crested at 50.4 feet on Feb. 19, 2018 in Pomeroy. In Pomeroy, at 42 feet, the low spot in the parking lot is flooded near the boat ramp. At 46 feet, the Pomeroy parking lots and the river amphitheater are flooded along the river. Main street starts to flood. Some secondary roads are flooded due to backwater. At 48 feet, businesses along the river in Pomeroy start to flood. Main street is flooded. Homes near the Pomeroy-Mason bridge on the West Virginia side start to flood.
At Point Pleasant, the crest is predicted at 43.7 feet on Friday (down only slightly from the previous prediction of 43.9 feet), after cresting at 39.6 feet this past weekend. Flood stage is 40 feet. As of press time on Tuesday, the water level was observed at 34.09 feet. A crest near 43.7 feet compares to a previous crest of 42.3 feet on Dec. 23, 2018.
At 40 feet, low lying areas surrounding Point Pleasant and vicinity are flooded due to backwater. Also, the amphitheater lower pier is flooded and half way up the steps. Salt Creek Road, Hannan Trace Road, Huntington Road at Boggs Run Road and Mason Eighty Road start to flood. At 41 feet, the Addison, Blaville Road in Ohio is flooded and low lying areas surrounding Point Pleasant and vicinity are flooded due to backwater. At 42 feet, the Little Kyger Road in Ohio is flooded. At 43 feet, Ohio Route 7 at Kyger Creek and Addison is flooded. At 43.5 feet, Route 33 at West Creek and Brinker Run between Vanadium and Letart is flooded. Sand Hill Road near Letart is flooded. At 43.75 feet, Route 30, and 62 near Rockcastle Creek, and Ambrosia is flooded. At 43.8 feet, water crosses Route 21, and 6 at Eight Mile Creek above Ambrosia. At 44 feet, homes at the end of 2nd Street outside the flood wall in Point Pleasant are flooded. Little Kyger Gravel Hill Road at Kyger Creek are flooded.
At R.C. Byrd Locks and Dam at Gallipolis Ferry and Eureka, the crest is predicted at 49 feet on Friday (down only slightly from the previous prediction of 49.9 feet), after cresting at 44.47 feet on Sunday. Flood stage is 50 feet. As of press time on Tuesday, the water level was observed at 39.3 feet. A crest near 49 feet compares to a previous crest of 49.1 feet on March 6, 2015. At 41 feet, the Spruce Street Chickamauga Creek bridge is closed due to flooding of low areas around the bridge. At 49 feet, sections of Route 7 in Ohio at Teens Run, Chickamauga Creek, Kyger Creek, Clay Chapel, Clay School and just above Route 218 start to flood. Also, sections of Route 2 in West Virginia at Jerry’s Run, the old Coast Guard Station and Glenwood start to flood. At 50 feet, sections of Route 7 and portions of Gallipolis along the immediate river will flood. Also, bottom lands on the Ohio side of the river are flooded.
With heavy rains on Tuesday, these river crest predictions were likely to change again. Ohio Valley Publishing will continue to monitor any updates.
Information provided by the NWS.
Beth Sergent is editor of Ohio Valley Publishing.