BY MIKE NOLTING
Rainfall forced early dismissal of two Monongalia County schools on Friday, but MECCA 911 director Jim Smith said there were very few flood-related issues.
Clay-Battelle Middle-High School dismissed at 10:30 a.m. and students from the Mason-Dixon Elementary were released at 11:30 a.m.
Smith said Friday morning there was a report of water over W.Va. 7 in the Blacksville area, but the DOH responded to open 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 between 8 a.m. and about 2 p.m. Friday.
A flood watch remains in place until 8 a.m. today.
AccuWeather forecasters are calling for more rain today.
Temperatures should reach 75 degrees with an 85% chance of rain and thunderstorms.
Sunday will be cooler at 60 degrees, but no rain is expected. It will likely return Monday, though, with a high of 63 and a 67% chance of rain.