No stranger to floods in the Ohio Valley


The Ohio Valley has such a unique and beautiful topography, but mother nature has a way of turning what we love about our area into something we fear.

Heavy rains Thursday are to blame for our most recent river concerns, as we sit and wait to see the Ohio River crest three to four feet above flood stage.

We’re taking a look back at some of the most horrific flood situations we’ve encountered, and we know whatever happens late Saturday into Sunday morning, is not the worst that we’ve seen.

Let’s take a look back at our most recent devastation in 2017.

Two young people here in the Ohio Valley died after rushing water hit their car in Elm Grove back in July.

That flash flooding took the lives of Michael Growe and Page Gellner.

Let us go back even further.

How about the floods of 2004, that caused the Ohio Valley to be declared a national disaster area.

You can see Wheeling Island Stadium and the Casino turned into pools.

That happened on September 19, 2004.

The river crested at 45.3 feet, swallowing areas like Wheeling Island and Neffs like a small snack. 

Then months later, on January 7, 2005 the river again hitting a crest of 42.17 feet.

The most notable, though in recent history was of course flash flooding that swept through the Ohio Valley on June 14, 1990. 

Known as the flood of tears, rushing water ripped through Shadyside and Neff’s like an excited child on Christmas morning opening presents, but instead of a joyous occasion that flood claimed the lives of 26 people.

To put this into perspective, in 2004 the river crested at 45.5 feet, this time the river is expected to crest at 39.9 feet. 

That is still nearly 4 feet above flood stage.

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