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June 25, 2012
By BETTY POKAS - Times Leader Area Editor ( , Times Leader

MOST PEOPLE remember what they were doing when a momentous event happens, such as a declaration of war or peace being declared, and a similar event occurred 22 years ago this month when 26 people died as a result of flash flooding in Belmont County.

Personally, I recall that my husband, Cal, and I were at Monument Place in Elm Grove, possibly for a meeting related to the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference, when the rains came pouring down. It was raining so hard that we stayed at the historic home built by Moses and Lydia Shepherd in 1798 until we finally decided we had to leave.

Cal returned to The Times Leader office and then called to tell about a mobile home being swept away near Shadyside.

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UNVEILING a monument in Pipe Creek in 1991 to honor those killed in the 1990 flash flooding are Josh and Joyce Plesko. A monument also was erected at Wegee.

That was only part of the destruction wrought by the flash flooding from Wegee Creek, Pipe Creek and Cumberland Run.

Two of the accompanying pictures showing destruction were taken by Nancy Toto, and the other is a photo by The Times Leader. All three are in a book, "Eastern Ohio's Pictorial Past."

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