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Update 6:45 p.m., February 18

As of press time, the National Weather Service’s River Forecast was showing:

Robert C. Byrd Locks and Dam

At 6 p.m., the Ohio River was measuring at 51.17 feet. As of the latest forecast issued at 9:11 a.m., the river is expected to crest at 51.8 feet by Monday morning, just under the moderate flooding level of 52 feet.

Point Pleasant, W.Va.

At 6 p.m., the Ohio River was measuring at 47.09 feet. As of the latest forecast issued at 3:05 p.m., the river is expected to crest at 47.5 feet early Monday morning, just under the major flooding level of 48 feet.

Road Closures

Gallia County 911 shared the following information regarding road closures at 3:52 p.m.:

ROAD CLOSURES UPDATE
02/18/2018 @ 03:52PM

ADDISON TWP.
– LITTLE KYGER / STATE RTE 7
– BRICK SCHOOL RD / ADDISON PKE
– ADDISON PKE / 1/2 MILE FROM STATE RTE 7
– HONEY SUCKLE DR. / NORTH END
– POLE CAT RD / STATE RTE 7 SIDE

CHESHIRE TWP
– LITTLE KYGER RD / STATE RTE 7 N
– STORY’S RUN / ZUSPAN HOLLOW RD.

CLAY TWP.
– RACCOON ROAD / ROCKEY RD
– STATE RTE 7 / CLAY SCHOOL
– ORCHARD HILL / STATE RTE 7 SIDE
– STATE RTE 7 / CLAY CHAPEL
– STATE RTE 7 / TEENS RUN RD
– BEAR RUN / STATE RTE 7 SIDE
– STATE RTE 218 / LOVERS LANE (RESTRICTED)

GALLIPOLIS CITY
– SPRUCE STREET EXTENTION AT THE BRIDGE.
– VINE STREET / BETWEEN 7/141 AND 4TH AVE

GALLIPOLIS TWP.
– STATE RTE 7 / BEFORE 218

GREEN TWP.
– INGALLS RD / HERMAN RD.

HUNTINGTON TWP
– SCENIC DRIVE / STATE RTE 160
– STATE RTE 325N / SOUTH OF VINTON

RACCOON TWP
– STATE RTE 554 / BETWEEN KERR AND TYCOON RD.
– SUMMIT RD / WOODSMILL RD.

Reader submitted:

A reader stated the southbound lane of Ohio 218 by Lovers Lane is covered as of 5 p.m.

Update: 10:21 a.m., February 18

Keith Wilson/photo

As of press time, the National Weather Service’s River Forecast was showing:

Robert C. Byrd Locks and Dam

At 9 a.m. the Ohio River was measuring at 50.49 feet. As of the latest forecast issued at 9:11 a.m., the river is expected to crest at 51.8 feet by Monday morning, just under the moderate flooding level of 52 feet.

 

Point Pleasant, W.Va.

At 9 a.m. the Ohio River was measuring at 46.31 feet. As of the latest forecast issued at 9:11 a.m., the river is expected to crest at 47.3 feet early Monday morning, just under the major flooding level of 48 feet.

 

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Update 8:25 p.m, February 17

 

As of press time, the National Weather Service’s Ohio River Forecast showed the following:

Robert C. Byrd Locks and Dam

The Ohio River had reached 48.08 feet at 6 p.m.

The latest forecast, issued at 11:21 a.m., predicted the Ohio River would crest at 51.4 feet by Monday morning.

Point Pleasant, W.Va.

The Ohio River had reached 44.28 feet at 7 p.m.

The latest forecast 5:30 p.m. predicted the Ohio River would crest at 46 feet by Monday morning.

Road Closure update:

Gallia County Sheriff Matt Champlin announced at approximately 7:18 p.m. they were in the process of closing State Route 7 between State Route 554 and State Route 735 due to high water on the roadway. As of press time, water was over Ohio 7 at the 31.5 mile marker on Little Kyger Road.

You can also keep up to date on state road conditions at http://www.ohgo.com/.

Update: 9:40 a.m., February 17

Current Ohio River forecasts from the National Weather Service have changed for the Robert C. Byrd Locks and Dam and levels have exceeded the latest forecast at Point Pleasant, W.Va.

At the Robert C. Byrd Locks and Dam, as of 8:34 a.m. this morning, the NWS forecasts the Ohio River reaching the minor flood stage of 50 feet by Sunday afternoon and cresting at 51.1 feet Monday morning (Originally it was posted it would crest late Sunday night, but should have been early Monday morning.)

According to the flood impact section of the National Weather Service’s River Forecast:

  • At 50 feet, sections of Route 7 and portions of Gallipolis along the immediate river will flood, as well as bottom lands on the Ohio side of the river. (Predicted to reach that level by Sunday afternoon)
  • At 49 feet, sections of Route 7 in Ohio at Teens Run, Chickamauga Creek, Kyger Creek, Clay Chapel, Clay School and just above Ohio 218 start to flood. Also, sections of Route 2 in West Virginia at Jerry’s Run, the old Coast Guard Station and Glenwood start to flood. (Predicted to reach that level by Sunday morning.)
  • At 41 feet, Spruce Street Chickamauga Creek bridge is closed due to flooding of low areas around the bridge.

At Point Pleasant, W.Va., as of 9:04 a.m. this morning, the Ohio River has risen faster than the latest forecast issued at 3:47 p.m. yesterday. As of press time, the level was 41.55 feet. As of yesterday’s forecast, it was predicted the Ohio River would crest at 45.3 feet Monday morning. The Gallia Herald will update when a new forecast is issued.

According to the flood impact section of the National Weather Service’s River Forecast at:

  • At 45.2 feet, Route 2 below Henderson and Salt Creek is flooded.
  • At 45 feet, West Virginia Routes 2 and 17 south of Point Pleasant are flooded.
  • At 44.3 feet, Old Route 35 above Henderson is flooded.
  • At 44 feet, homes at the end of 2nd Street outside the flood wall in Point Pleasant are flooded. Little Kyger Gravel Hill Road at Kyger Creek is flooded.
  • At 43.8 feet, water crosses Route 21, and 6 at Eight Mile Creek above Ambrosia.
  • At 43.75 feet, Route 30, and 62 near Rockcastle Creek, and Ambrosia is flooded.
  • At 43.5 feet, Route 33 at West Creek and Brinker Run between Vanadium and Letart is flooded. Sand Hill Road near Letart is flooded.
  • At 43 feet, Ohio Route 7 at Kyger Creek and Addison is flooded.
  • At 42 feet, the Little Kyger Road in Ohio is flooded.
  • At 41 feet, the Addison, Blaville Road in Ohio is flooded and low lying areas surrounding Point Pleasant and vicinity are flooded due to backwater.
  • At 40 feet, low lying areas surrounding Point Pleasant and vicinity are flooded due to backwater. Also, the ampitheater lower pier is flooded and half way up the steps.

The Gallia Herald will continue to monitor the forecast and provide updates for significant changes.

Forecast graphs from the National Weather Service as of this morning.

 

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Original post: February 15 at 1 a.m.

 

The Gallipolis Public Use Area on February 14. Michelle Miller/photo

According to the National Weather Service’s River Forecast, the Ohio River is currently predicted to reach near minor flood stage at the Robert C. Byrd Locks and Dam and exceed the minor flood stage at Point Pleasant, W.Va. by early Monday morning.

The graph created at 11:34 p.m. this evening predicted the Ohio River level at the Locks and Dam would continue to fall through Thursday and then start rising again on Friday. As of press time, it is predicted the river will crest at 48.5 feet, just under the 50 feet minor flood stage, at 1 a.m. Monday morning.

The Ohio River at Point Pleasant graph also predicts river levels will fall through Thursday and then start rising again on Friday. The level is predicted to exceed minor flood stage level of 40 feet on Saturday and crest at 43.3 feet by early Monday morning.

The Gallia Herald will continue to monitor the forecast over the next several days and post new information if the forecast changes.

River Forecast at Robert C. Byrd Locks and Dam as of 11:49 p.m., February 14, 2018.

River Forecast at Point Pleasant as of 11:34 p.m., February 14, 2018

Source: National Weather Service