Rain stops falling, at least for now

May 06, 2009|By DAVE McMILLION

TRI-STATE -- The rain stopped falling across the area Wednesday, at least temporarily, and there were no reports of major flooding in the area.

More rain is expected, however, and Washington County and West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle were under a flood watch through Thursday evening, according to the National Weather Service.

A flood watch means flooding is possible based on current forecasts.

An advisory says low pressure is expected to bring more rain to the region Wednesday night. The forecast calls for at least 1 inch, with isolated areas possibly getting up to 2 inches.

There were no reports of roads closed in Washington County because of high water Wednesday morning, according to Emergency Services dispatchers and the Washington County Highway Department.


As of 9:15 a.m., the Potomac River was measured at 17.5 feet at Williamsport, where flood stage is 23 feet.

National Weather Service meteorologist Andy Woodcock said the level has been decreasing. "The main surge has passed through Washington County," he said.

In Hancock, the river was at 17.36 feet as of 12:15 p.m. Wednesday after cresting at 22.34 feet Tuesday afternoon, according to the weather service. Flood stage is 30 feet.

In Harpers Ferry, W.Va., the pedestrian bridge over the Potomac River was closed as a precaution when the river reached 16 feet Tuesday.

"It will reopen when it goes below 16 feet," Chief Ranger Jeff Woods said Wednesday morning.

Woods checked with the ranger on duty and learned that the 8 a.m. reading was 15 1/2 feet and said the bridge would be reopened for pedestrians.

By 12:15 p.m., the river was down to 14.8 feet., according to the weather service.

"The forecast we are hearing is that we may not get over 18 feet," Woods said. Eighteen feet is flood stage at the park, which is at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers.

Trash containers, vehicles and other items which could float away in a flooding situation have all been secured or moved, Woods said Wednesday morning.

Moving artifacts and other valuables doesn't begin until the river hits about 20 feet, Woods said of the park's detailed flood plan.

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