According to the National Weather Services’s River Forecast, the Ohio River at Point Pleasant, W.Va. began to rise steadily over the last several days finally cresting at 38.56 feet, just shy of the 40 feet minor flood stage, at 6:15 a.m. this morning. The levels have slowly decreased since then, with the level measuring at 37.84 feet at 2 p.m. and predicted to continue to decrease.
At the Robert C. Byrd Locks and Dam, the River appeared to crest at 42.77 feet at 7 a.m., also shy of the 50 feet minor flood stage, and is also predicted, as of this afternoon, to continue to decrease.
No flood warnings have been issued by the National Weather Service, as of 3:20 p.m. today.
With additional precipitation forecasted for this evening into Tuesday, the Gallia Herald will continue to monitor the Ohio River levels over the next few days.
In Gallipolis, the rise in levels prompted the closure of both Spruce Street extension, as well as the Public Use Area at the Gallipolis waterfront, due to flooding. While it may appear the dock located at the waterfront has been damaged by the rising levels, Gallipolis City Manager Gene Green said the dock is hinged to allow for movement in the event of rising waters and is securely anchored. However, the City may remove the dock in the future, due to the amount of trash it is collecting.
As of press time, no Gallia County roads have been reported closed due to flooding. The status of Ohio state highways can be viewed at www.ohgo.com. As of press time, while there were several closures/restrictions reported on the site in the region, no closures/restrictions in Gallia County were reported.
The Gallia County Emergency Management Agency is also monitoring the Ohio River levels and will inform the public should any widespread flooding be predicted.