Water to be restored to 100s in Short Creek

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UPDATE:

The water line break that left over 100 homes in Short Creek without water for nearly 5 days is being repaired currently.

According to Ohio County EMA Director Lou Vargo, the Public Services Division crews isolated the water line leak and hope to have water restored later today.

The National Guard has finished in Short Creek and Wheeling Island, and state officials will head in to assess flood damage.

The free spaghetti dinner is still on at Short Creek United Methodist Church Thursday night at 6 for flood victims.

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ORIGINAL:

Ohio County EMA Director Lou Vargo wants residents to stay prepared for flooding as rain continues this week, meaning there could be more issues for the creeks and streams.

Cindy Wilson said she feels lucky to still have water and utilities at her home after flash flooding ripped through Short Creek Thursday night.

“We had quite a bit of flooding and the neighbors right below us had a huge slip. I was worried about their trailers coming over, so I’m not sure what’s going to happen today with all the rain we’re expecting,” said Wilson.

Tress uprooted, bridges and the road damaged, and 100 houses are still without water.

“The Public Service District is doing everything that they can to restore the water to that area. Right now, there’s a leak that they can’t find, so they’re currently doing it in segments until they can locate it,” said Sherri Schafer, Executive Director of Community Lutheran Partners.

Some homes have 5-feet of mud inside, and no way to clean it up.

“The problem is we have no water since the rains came, so it’s very difficult to clean up when there’s no water,” said Wilson.

Cindy said the tight knit community is supporting each other. West Liberty teachers have offered to do laundry for families, and the Health Right has given out free tetanus shots.

“The federated church in West Liberty, the conference has helped us, the sheriff, but the community has just donated so much stuff and we can’t thank you enough, the people here on the creek are just so thankful that we have a place to come,” said Wilson.

The church could still use hand sanitizer, general cleaning supplies, drinking water, and helping hands.

“There’s a lot of mud, a lot of water in the basements, furnace damage, hot water, tanks, people are going to need help,” said Schafer.

If you are in need of food, water, or cleaning supplies, you can head to Short Creek United Methodist Church on North Fork. There are several pallets of water and cleaning supplies available.

A free spaghetti dinner will be held at the church on Thursday at 6 p.m.

Volunteers are still needed to help clean up the area. If you’d like to volunteer, please call the Community Lutheran Partnership at (304) 312-4222.

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