Flood Warning for Athens Co until 430AM Tue, 12/17/19, Turn Around, Don`t Drown when encountering flooded roads!

The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Warning for Athens County until 430AM Tuesday, 12/17/19.

At 1026 PM, Doppler radar and automated gauges indicate that 1 to 2 inches of rain has fallen. Additional light rain will fall into tonight. The Jackson County 9-1-1 center reported flooding along State Route 279 and John Evans Road. The Ohio Department of Transportation reported flooding along State Route 278 in Vinton County, and State Route 681 and State Route 56 in Athens County. Additional minor flooding is expected across the warned area as water drains through local creeks and streams.

Some locations that will experience flooding include Athens, Marietta, Belpre, Jackson, Wellston, Nelsonville, McArthur, Oak Hill, Beverly, Albany, Coolville, Lake Hope State Park, Vienna, Williamstown, Belmont, Tuppers Plains, Boaz, Newport and Chauncey.

Turn around, don`t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles. Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize the dangers of flooding.

Please report flooding to the National Weather Service by calling toll free, 800-401-9535, when you can do so safely.

You may also report flooding by posting your report to the Charleston West Virginia National Weather Service Facebook Page, or by using the Twitter Hashtag, NWSRLX.