Rainfall totals very greatly, some schools release early, but no major problems reported in Mon County

MONONGALIA COUNTY, W.Va. – Rainfall forced early dismissal of some Monongalia County schools Friday, but MECCA 911 director Jim Smith reports very few flood-related issues.

Clay-Battelle Middle School and Clay-Battelle High School were dismissed at 10:30 a.m., and students from Mason Dixon Elementary were released at 11:30 a.m.

Smith said early Friday morning there was a report of water over Route 7 in the Blacksville area, but the DOH responded by opening a ditch to allow the water to runoff.

“It was reported that the ditches were plugged, so DOH was notified, and I believe they went out and opened that ditch up,” Smith said.

Rainfall totals are varying greatly over the region, according to Smith.

“I believe out in the western end of Monongalia County they got a little bit more, and over in Preston County I believe they got a little bit more,” Smith said.

Some areas in Preston County have reported two inches or more of rain, and gauges at the Morgantown Municipal Airport showed about 1.3 inches as of 8 a.m. Friday.

The flood watch remains in place until 8 a.m. Saturday, March 25.