The National Weather Service in Charleston WV advised at 9pm est December 15th, 2018 that the flood watch remains in effect through Sunday morning. The flood watch continues for portions of southeast Ohio including the following areas; Athens, Gallia, Jackson, Meigs, Morgan, Perry, Vinton and Washington counties. In West Virginia; Jackson, Mason, Pleasants, Ritchie, Tyler, Wirt and Wood counties.
Rain will continue through overnight hours. Combined with what has already fallen, total rainfall amounts of 1.5 to 2 inches are expected by Sunday morning. Most of this will occur as runoff, which will bring area creeks and small rivers to bank full, if not above tonight.
Flooding of creeks, streams and low lying and poor drainage areas will be possible. This may result in some road closures. Symmes Creek, Duck Creek, Raccoon Creek, Little Muskingum River and the Shade River are particularly vulnerable.
A flood watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts. You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible Flood Warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop.
Please report any road closures due to high water to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office at 740-376-7070 ext 0 when it is safe to do so. Remember to turn around, don’t drown.