PARKERSBURG - Heavy rains late Monday night and early Tuesday morning caused minor problems throughout the region on Tuesday, but most of the problems had cleared up by the afternoon.
In Wood County, members of the Mineral Wells Volunteer Fire Department worked Tuesday morning on clean-up efforts from the early-morning rains.
Crews were on Missouri Run Road responding to reports of a car in the creek. The car, a white Chevrolet Lumina, was hanging on the precipice of the creek. Water in the still fast-moving creek had risen and dropped a total of more than 10 feet in a few hours.
A car rests near a swollen stream at Missouri Run in Wood County. (Photo by Jody Murphy)
In addition to the car, VFD members said they encountered high water and debris issues on Chesterville Road, Slate Creek, Butcher Bend Road and flooding at Mount Pleasant Estates on Tuesday morning. One VFD member who said his neighbor maintained a rain gauge on Turkeyfoot Road, recorded 3.2 inches of rain.
The National Weather Service in Charleston said it received reports of rainfall in the 24-hour period from 8 a.m. Monday to 8 a.m. Tuesday indicating 2.03 inches fell in Parkersburg, 2.92 inches fell at Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport, 4 inches in Marietta and 4.7 inches in Newport, Ohio.
Most of that rainfall occurred in the period from midnight to 6 a.m. Tuesday, the NWS reported.
In Parkersburg, some streets were covered with high water on Tuesday, including 23rd Street and Park Avenue where a car was disabled in the water. Crews also worked Tuesday morning to clean up mud and water at the Traffic Circle intersection following mud and water runoff from the nearby hotel construction site.
During the height of the storm, the Wood County 911 Center transferred emergency calls to its back-up center at the Parkersburg Police Department. Wood County 911 Director Randy Lowe said the center lost dial tone about 1:20 a.m. Tuesday and contacted service provider Frontier Communications after switching to the backups.
By 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, full service had been restored to the center, Lowe said. The problem was determined by Frontier to be a power issue at one of its sites, which was corrected. Lowe said the problem did not appear to be weather-related at this time.
Several other regional counties reported minor problems on Tuesday morning.
All public schools in Tyler County were closed Tuesday because of high water on roads. Tyler County Office of Emergency Management Director Tom Cooper said the high water prevented buses from safely traveling in rural areas of the county, but no damage was reported.
Minor flooding also was reported in Ritchie, Doddridge and Harrison counties following overnight rains. Pleasants County Schools, which opened Monday, operated Tuesday on a two-hour delay.
In Ritchie County, the 911 Center reported flash flooding occurred in the Ellensboro and Pennsboro areas early Tuesday morning but the water had receded by early Tuesday afternoon. The volunteer fire stations in Pennsboro and Ellenboro provided temporary shelter for a few people on Tuesday morning until waters receded from their homes and they could return, but both shelters had closed by Tuesday afternoon.
Several cars were also reported to be covered with water on Oxbow Road in Washington County on Tuesday morning, the Washington County Sheriff's Office reported. It was late Tuesday afternoon before the cars could be towed from the water.
According to the NWS, today's forecast calls for patchy dense fog this morning before turning to sunny and mostly clear through tonight. Thursday's forecast is sunny with a high near 79 becoming partly cloudy on Thursday night.
As Friday arrives with the start of the Parkersburg Homecoming Festival that evening, the weather is expected to be mostly sunny with highs in the lower 80s, with the same forecast for Saturday and Saturday night. There will be a chance of showers on Sunday and mostly sunny conditions, with the chance of precipitation growing from 30 percent Sunday afternoon to 50 percent Sunday evening.