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Flooding closes W.Va. roadways

February 19, 1998

Flooding closes W.Va. roadways

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - High water closed portions of four roads in Jefferson County Wednesday as officials waited for the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers to crest today.

Sections of Bloomery Road, Dutch Hill Road, Ann Lewis Road and John Rissler Road were under water and closed off, fire officials said. They were expected to remain under water today.

The Shenandoah River was expected to crest this morning over the banks at 15 to 16 feet, according to a National Weather Service forecast. The flood stage there is 13.5 feet. The river measured 12.8 feet at Millville, W.Va., on Wednesday afternoon.

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The Potomac River was expected to crest near the flood stage of 15 feet at Shepherdstown, W.Va., this morning. The river was at 12.15 feet Wednesday afternoon. At Harpers Ferry, W.Va., the river was expected to crest under 16 feet. The flood stage there is 18 feet. The river measured 12.8 feet at Harpers Ferry Wednesday.

A river flood warning was in effect for Wednesday for the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers.

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