Belmont County has $13.6 million in flood damage


For many people, the recent floods created concerns while they were under way, but they’re all but forgotten now.

But overall, Belmont County sustained $13.6 million dollars in property damage.

That includes communities, townships and county roads and bridges.

The county engineer says they’re still finding slips, with the ground so saturated.

“We’ve seen a lot of berm washouts,” said Terry Lively, Belmont County engineer. “We’ve got a lot of slips. A little bit of bridge damage, but mainly road washouts and culverts. Our estimate just on the county roads –the roads we’re responsible for–is about two and a half million dollars. So considering my budget is about five million dollars, that’s a big chunk.”

The Belmont County Commission has approved a resolution declaring the floods a disaster.

Commissioners say they’ll work to get help from the state and federal governments.

The worst of the storm damage happened in the northern third of the county, according to the county engineer.

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