Due to the area flooding, Mason County Schools were also released early at 1 p.m. Friday. In addition, the detour, which follows Camden Ave. and has been utilized to re-route traffic due to construction of the Jefferson Blvd. Bridge, was closed due to flooding.
As of Friday afternoon, both south and north bound traffic had to travel on Jefferson Blvd., which caused many travel delays. According to Point Pleasant Mayor Brian Billings, traffic will continue to travel both ways until the Camden Ave. detour is clear.
“I just want our citizens to very patient with us during this critical condition of flooding,” Billings said. “Just be patient and be cautious.”
Also, to help make travel safer, Billings said that state officials will be monitoring conditions on the Jefferson Blvd. Bridge for 24 hours.
In addition to Camden Ave., Kingtown also has been closed due to flooding. However, as of late Friday afternoon Kanawha St. was still open to traffic.
According to Billings, officials have estimated that the Ohio River could crest to 48 feet. However, as of press time no flood gates were lowered. According to Willie Call of the Point Pleasant Street Department, at this time the main gate they are monitoring is the one located adjacent to the Point Pleasant River Museum and Tu-Endie-Wei State Park on Main St.
Billings said that officials intend to look at the gate early this morning to determine whether or not it needs to be closed.