Storms bring damage

Photo provided BELLAIRE resident Barbara Ley stands beside a large tree that was uprooted during a storm Saturday evening in the village. It appears a light pole also was damaged. The tree is located on Guernsey Street a few yards from McDonald’s and Ley’s home. Ley and others suspect a microburst occurred in the area. She noted the tree was shredded on Sunday.

WHEELING — Heavy storms brought bouts of creek flooding to some areas of the Ohio Valley on Sunday evening.

There were reports of flooding on Short Creek in Dillonvale that covered Jefferson County Road 7. Some sections of Rayland and Tiltonsville also saw local flooding.

In Brooke County, some areas of Wellsburg and Follansbee received flooding and reports of trees down and basement flooding. A portion of W.Va. 2 also was flooded between Wellsburg and Beech Bottom.

In Ohio County, EMA Director Lou Vargo said creek water was getting high near North Fork Road. He said first responders were keeping an eye on it.

“Department of highways workers are putting high water signs there,” Vargo said.

Meanwhile, late Friday into Saturday morning in the village of Bellaire some residents believe a microburst may have come through the area. A large tree on Guernsey Street located yards ago from the McDonald’s was uprooted. A light pole next to it also appeared to be damaged. Resident Barbara Ley said the tree was shredded by a company on Sunday.

In Marshall County, EMA Director Tom Hart said he had yet to receive any reports of flooding in his county. He said they would monitor the creeks and streams during the next few hours.

“Brooke and Hancock counties had issues. We’re also going to be monitoring that in case they need any assistance,” Hart said.

A few Ohio Valley residents took to social media to record and share their photos and video of flooding where they live and drive.

The National Weather Service in Pittsburgh issued a flash flood warning until 11 p.m. Sunday. It projected about 2 inches of rain would fall in a few hours.

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