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Wheeling Faces Worst Flood In 20 Years, Mayor Says

A portion of a city on an island is shown under flood waters in Wheeling, W.Va.
After a week of inclement weather, the Ohio River is higher in Wheeling than it has been in 20 years.
Wheeling Fire Department

The Ohio River reached “Moderate Flood Stage” in Wheeling on Thursday, a height of 40 feet. The waters were expected to crest at nearly 42 feet.

Major flooded areas included Water Street at Heritage Port and most of the southern end of Wheeling Island near the Wheeling Island Stadium.

The Mayor of Wheeling, Glenn Elliot told MetroNews “Talkine” that the river last crested this high in 2004, but people who live near the river are accustomed to floods.

Free parking is available to park cars for those in flooded areas in the 10th Street and Intermodal Parking Garage.

According to a release from the City of Wheeling 1-70 Exit 0 and the Bridgeport Bridge will remain open for residents and businesses.

Onlookers in vehicles are being asked to avoid flooded areas.

To prepare for flood cleanup, the Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department offered free tetanus shots Friday for West Virginia residents.

The Ohio River is expected to remain in flood stage across portions of the area through the weekend.