Flood coverage: Wheeling
Saturday, February 17th 2018 —
Water rose quicker than expected on Wheeling island Saturday.
Some people woke up to their cars under water from flood waters.
“Came out and my jeep was pretty much underwater, and now we don't know what we are going to do with it,” said Missy Kinney, who went through knee high water to get to her SUV parked on Wheeling Island Saturday morning.
She was one of many people evacuated from the casino hotel, which closed at noon due to the conditions.
Meanwhile, residents on South York street moving were moving hot water tanks and other important items on the porches to avoid flood waters.
“I pay attention to the predictions, but I always go with my gut because I am from the island and it's better to be safe than sorry,” said Steven Brambach.
Some streets were barricaded and closed on Wheeling island, Centre Wheeling and South Wheeling.
The island remains open, but emergency management are warning onlookers to stay away.
First responders also warning neighbors about their concerns as the water crests after midnight.
“Be mindful of the orange barricades, and caution tape and don't drive through high water. If you live in the area you'll need to move your car.,” said Wheeling police Public Information Officer Philip Stahl.
Ohio County EMA Director, Lou Vargo added, “Everyone is going to want to get the recovery going, and start cleaning right away, but if you have standing water don't walk through it, there could be trees, glass, anything and we want to avoid injuries.”