Heavy rain is cause for concern for people living along creeks


In Belmont County, as the rain stays in the forecast, creeks climb up their banks, and flooding is a possibility.

EMA officials had some words of warning for people along the creeks on Tuesday. It’s only been a month since February when Belmont County had flooding so severe they asked for a federal disaster declaration and here it is again.

At this point, the rain has no place to go.

“The ground’s totally saturated. Along with that, any type of heavy rain, it’s automatic runoff,” said Belmont County EMA Director, Dave Ivan.

That could potentially be bad news for creeks and streams.

“It’ll be a rapid rise on those and then of course which leads to our flash flooding,” Ivan added.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration put out this weather alert on Tuesday, “A flash flood watch means that conditions may develop which lead to flash flooding. Flash Flooding is a very dangerous situation.”

EMA Director Dave Ivan asked people along the creeks to be on the lookout for water coming to the top of the banks.

“Let somebody know. You can either call us out here at the EMA office or fire departments. Just somebody. Just let us know,” Ivan said.

With sustained rain, landslides are possible, another issue that is cause for concern for officials.

“Mudflow that can bring trees and rocks and debris and utility poles off the hillsides,” said Becky Horne with the Belmont County EMA.

Ivan said, “There’s usually little indicators before they would absolutely fail. Just being a small crack in the road.”

The last but not least problem with this rainy, cloudy, foggy weather.

“It messes with your psyche and it’s like I need to get out or cabin fever as it were. I need to get outside. And Mother Nature’s not helping right now,” Ivan concluded. 

If you have flooding to report, here’s how to reach the EMA office, call (740) 695-5984 or just call 911, and of course go to higher ground.

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