Officials urge caution due to roads and river level


If you have been out and about this weekend, you may have noticed that some side roads in Wheeling are still snow covered and, in places, slippery. 

City officials say the crews are doing the best they can.

The main arteries through Wheeling are clear, but drive into the neighborhoods of Woodsdale and it can get tricky. 

Some of the roads downtown remain snow covered as well. 

Vice Mayor Chad Thalman says the city crews are working hard, but that looking forward, they will be working on ways to better serve the city’s residents when winter weather hits.

“City employees have been working to keep the roads clean. It is a big job to keep all the roads in the City of Wheeling clear of snow. Overall, I’m happy with the work city employees have done. The Mayor and I will be meeting with the City Manager on Tuesday to discuss ways that we can keep the roads clean next time it snows,” said Thalman. 

Wheeling Police have responded to a handful of weather-related accidents.

Officials say this car went into the water while the two people inside were checking out the water levels near the Wheeling Island Marina. 

The river crested just below flood stage Sunday, but the water is high and fast moving. 

Officials are urging people to stay away from the river banks.

“A lot of people, anytime the river floods, they think they’re going to go down there. It’s fine to go watch and see how high the river goes and things like that, but keep a safe distance away. You can watch from the banks, especially around Heritage Port. There’s no use getting down close to the river,” said Lou Vargo, Director of the Wheeling-Ohio County Office of Emergency Management. 

Although the sun was out Sunday, keep in mind temperatures barely reached 20 degrees which means black ice and even frost bite are still a concern.

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