Booth's Creek

Booth’s Creek in Marion County looks higher than usual Tuesday.

FAIRMONT— A flash flood watch is in effect for Marion County from this afternoon through Thursday morning.

The National Weather Service said heavy rain is expected late Wednesday and into Thursday morning “in places that are already sufficiently saturated.”

It noted that “rivers, streams, and creeks are elevated and any additional rainfall may overwhelm them.”

According to the National Weather Service, a flash flood watch “means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding.”

It notes that flash flooding “is a very dangerous situation” and people “should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should Flash Flood Warnings be issued.”

Chris Thompson, secretary with the Marion County Department of Homeland

Security & Emergency Management, said the department will keep a close eye on things as the flash flood watch remains in effect.

She offered some advice to people when dealing with flash flooding.

“Avoid any high waters, driving through it especially,” she said.

She said water can be very deceiving.

“Even when you think you should, or can, be able to drive through it, it can wash parts of the road out,” she said. “You don’t know necessarily how deep the water is.”

She said people should also be prepared, as in any storm.

“Make sure you’ve got food and water at your house,” she said. She said people can also check on their neighbors, especially if they live close to water.

Thompson also encouraged people to call in and report high water to the department.

She said the public can check the department’s Facebook page for updates.

The City of Fairmont’s filtration plant noted that .82 inches of rain were recorded Monday and then .18 inches from midnight to Tuesday afternoon.

As the Marion County Courthouse closed for the day Tuesday, people walked outside with umbrellas in hand.

Sherri Tonkery of Boothsville was worn out by the wet weather.

“Yes, I am tired of it,” she said.

She planned on being prepared for possible flash flooding by taking alternate routes if any roads flooded, such as Route 73.

Wednesday’s forecast from the National Weather Service states that there will be rain, mainly after 2 p.m. with a high near 48. It notes the chance of precipitation is 80 percent, and new precipitation amounts are between a tenth and quarter of an inch are possible.

Then, on Wednesday night, the chance of precipitation is 100 percent, with new precipitation amounts between a half and three-quarters of an inch possible, according to the weather service.

According to the weather service, Thursday will have rain, mainly before 1 p.m. with a high near 52. The chance of precipitation is 90 percent, and new precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch are possible the weather service states.

According to the National Weather Service, a flash flood watch “means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding.”

It notes that flash flooding “is a very dangerous situation” and people “should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should Flash Flood Warnings be issued.”

Eric Hrin can be reached at 304-367-2549, or ehrin@timeswv.com.

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