Flooding in county hampers travel

Published 12:00 am Thursday, November 13, 2003

After Mother Nature briefly unleashed her wrath through the day and night Wednesday, Lawrence County will receive a break - for now.

Even more turbulence is possible next week.

According to information from the Ohio Department of Transportation, three state routes in Lawrence County were closed because of high water. State Route 93 was closed between the 10- and 11-mile markers in Pedro, and State Route 141 was closed between the 17- and 18- mile markers in Wilgus early Wednesday afternoon. State Route 650 was closed later at the 7-mile marker.

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As of Thursday morning, state routes 93 and 141 had reopened, said Bill Patrick, transportation manager of the Lawrence County ODOT garage. Officials from ODOT were at that time examining State Route 650 to determine whether or not it would be reopened.

Now and through the weekend, Lawrence County seems to be out of the woods, said John Victory, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Charleston, W.Va. If the county receives any rain, it would most likely be on Saturday and be light.

A wind advisory issued late Wednesday has been dropped, Victory said. Winds today may reach 15-25 miles per hour with gusts reaching 30-35 miles per hour. Gusts need to reach at least 46 miles per hour for an advisory.

Nevertheless, a system now situated in the Pacific Ocean may cause problems by Monday or Tuesday, he said.

"This is a big weather system, and the potential is there for a major rain event," he said.

How strong the system will be is difficult to determine because weather forecasters will need to see how strong it is and how much moisture it has picked up.

If streams are still high from earlier rainfall by the time the system arrives, the potential for even more flooding exists.

One hazardous weather condition, however, will more than likely miss Lawrence County - snow, Victory said. Areas not very far away such as Parkersburg, W.Va., and Athens may experience flurries, but Lawrence County is likely to dodge that bullet.