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West Virginia’s upper Ohio Valley bracing for river’s wrath


The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register

People in McMechen put sandbags outside homes and businesses Sunday to divert water from heavy rainfall over the weekend.
(Intelligencer photo by Miranda Sebroski)

McMECHEN, W.Va.  — People throughout the upper Ohio Valley spent their day Sunday preparing for river flooding and experiencing rising creeks as heavy rain continued to fall.

Meanwhile, as of 6:30 p.m. Sunday, the weather service again predicted the Ohio River would crest at 41.9 feet in Wheeling late Tuesday. It had lowered the crest projection earlier in the day Sunday. Flood stage in Wheeling is 36 feet. The weather service said it considers that moderate flooding. But further downriver, in Powhatan Point, the river is expected to crest at 42.9 feet where flood stage is 37 feet. The weather service said it considers the river level there to be major flooding.

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