CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The western part of the state is experiencing some flooding along the Ohio River, but the National Weather Service says West Virginia didn’t get as much as anticipated.
“We kind of dodged a pretty big bullet with this one,” NWS Meteorologist Tom Mazza told MetroNews Sunday.
Areas of northern and central West Virginia received about 3/4 of an inch to one inch of rain. There was about 1 1/4 inch of rainfall from Huntington to Elkins from Saturday to Sunday without much flooding.
The area that received portions of flooding was in Mason County.
A River Flooding Warning remained in effect Sunday through Wednesday night along the Ohio River in Point Pleasant.
“It’s going to take a while to crest,” Mazza said.
He said smaller streams will begin cresting and falling Sunday afternoon. Bigger rivers will continue to rise for some time after the rainfall.
“The (Ohio) is expected to rise above flood stage at that location and will crest Monday night up near 43 feet,” Mazza said.
The river was river was close to 40 feet Sunday morning.
Mazza said the state will get a short break for the start of the week, but more rain is on the way.
“A cold front is going to be followed by dryer air that will be with us later this afternoon through Tuesday then we are looking at the next system impacting the area Wednesday through Thursday,” he said.