February 21, 2014
Though it was good to see the snow melt, all that precipitation had to go somewhere and as such, the Ohio and Kanawha rivers, along with other creeks and streams, began to rise this week. According to the National Weather Service, in Point Pleasant, the river is expected to crest Sunday morning at a level of 36.8 feet - that’s just below flood stage which is 40 feet. On Friday afternoon, the Ohio River was beginning to overtake the lower amphitheater at Riverfront Park which has been hit time and time again with high water and debris this winter. Also, flooding caused the closure of several roads in the region, including Ohio 124 and 143 in Meigs County, Ohio, leading to one school delay. In Racine, Ohio, the river is expected to crest Sunday morning at a level of 35.6 feet, below the flood stage of 41 feet. The river is projected to crest at a level of 42.7 feet at the Robert C. Byrd Locks and Dam on Sunday afternoon - flood stage is 50 feet.