State emergency officials to keep eye on high water this weekend

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Officials with the state office of Emergency Management continue to monitor the levels of the Ohio River after several days of intense rainfall. However, the final impact of the February high water is not expected to be terribly destructive.

The Ohio River at Point Pleasant has been above flood stage stage since Thursday and the crest was expected for early Saturday morning. Downstream at Huntington the Ohio River is also expected to crest slightly above flood stage Saturday morning at Huntington.

“We don’t think there’s going to be significant damage to homes and businesses because those areas flood so much, people were prepared,” said Mike Todorovich, West Virginia’s Secretary of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, said during a Friday appearance on MetroNews “Talkline.”

The biggest problems from the rain weren’t from the riding creeks and streams, but more from the falling rocks and hillsides. The Division of Highways was dealing numerous mudslides and rock falls on Friday. Most of those were across southern West Virginia.

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