The water intake valves were operational Monday morning, after officials with the city of Wheeling decided to close them as a precaution on Sunday.
Anytime officials think there could be potentially dangerous substances in the river, they will shut off their Ohio River intake and switch to the five wells they have, to try to minimize any chance for contamination of their filtration systems.
Public Works Director, Rusty Jebbia, said the city hadn’t taken their eyes off of the situation and they would continue to monitor the situation, “We work very closely with Pike Island and they work very closely with us and they’re going to monitor and if they see anything at all they’ll let us know and if anything does hit the dam at that time we’ve got about a two hour window,” Jebbia said.
That two hour window is how long Jebbia estimated it would take anything coming through the dam to travel down river, before hitting the intake valves at the current flow of the river.
Officials in Wheeling will continue to keep in contact with those in Brooke County and those working at the Pike Island Lock and Dam to make sure whatever the substance was, isn’t sucked into the water system.