Ohio River has hit its crest in Wheeling at 9:30

Updated: Ohio River levels


As of 10:00 p.m. Saturday, officials confirmed the Ohio River crested at 38.93 feet Wheeling.

Ohio County EMA Director Lou Vargo said the water will stay up most of the day on Sunday.

Officials expect it to start receding between midnight and 1:00 a.m. on Monday.

Clean up crews will start 7:00 a.m. Monday morning.

Until then, it's important to not walk or drive near high water. 


As of 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Ohio County EMA Director Lou Vargo confirmed the Ohio River has hit its crest in Wheeling.


According to Ohio County EMA Director Lou Vargo, the Ohio River is expected to crest around 9:30 Saturday night in Wheeling.


Below are the reported current levels of Ohio River as of 7:00 a.m .Saturday, according to the National Weather Service:

  • Wheeling - 38.37  feet
  • Moundsville - 39.9 feet
  • Hannibal Locks and Dams - 34.52 feet
  • Pike Island Lock and Dam - 39.36 (1:00 p.m.)

Below are the latest river crest forecasts for the Ohio Valley as of 7:00 a.m. Saturday, according to the National Weather Service:

  • Wheeling - 39.9 feet
  • Moundsville - 41.5 feet
  • Wellsburg - 38.1 feet
  • Powhatan Point - 40.1 feet
  • Hannibal Locks and Dams - 36 feet
  • Pike Island Lock and Dam - 40.7 feet
  • Steubenville - 36.4



According to Marshall County EMA Tom Hart, the new river forecast in Moundsville is 40.8 feet, and in Wheeling it is 39.7 feet. Both are over flood level.

This will cause issues along Marshall St. in Benwood at the Boggs Run exit.

We'll continue to keep you updated.



After receiving two to three inches of rain from yesterday through this morning creeks and streams are still on the rise. We will see the rain taper off and end by noon today.

The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning which remains in place until 2:30 PM Friday for most counties due to rising water levels. A new flood warning has been issued for Ohio and Brooke counties where flooding of the Ohio River is a concern through Sunday morning. All other counties remain under a flood watch until 7 AM Sunday.

At this time the river is expected to crest at 37.3' which is over a foot above flood stage.

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