EMA: No ‘major problems’ in Hancock County

NEW CUMBERLAND, W.Va. — The Ohio River crested Tuesday morning from New Cumberland to Wellsburg with no major problems reported.

The National Weather Service had predicted the river to crest at 37.5 feet in New Cumberland, about 1.5 feet above flood stage.

Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla said everything appeared to be OK in northern Jefferson County near Stratton, where New Cumberland Locks and Dam is located.

“We are in good shape,” he said.

Jeremy Ober, Hancock County Emergency Management Agency director, said he wasn’t expecting any major problems with the high water.

“Thankfully, it will be a little less than they (weather service) thought it was going to be,” he said.

Flooding did take place at New Cumberland City Park as a result of high water.

Hancock County school were on a three-hour delay Tuesday.

Ober said the Ohio River can’t take a back-to-back major rainfall during such a short period, referencing the predicted storms from Hurricane Florence.

The river was at 13 feet prior to the weekend’s heavy rains. The NWS said the river is expected to drop to only 21 feet by the weekend.