Athens Co Outdoor Emergency Warning Siren TEST Nelsonville, The Plains, New Marshfield, 12noon Wed, 7/5/17

Siren Test

The outdoor emergency warning sirens in Nelsonville, The Plains and New Marshfield will be tested at 12 noon on Wednesday, July 5, 2017, with a one minute sounding of the sirens. Residents are asked not to call local emergency agencies inquiring why the sirens are sounding.

The outdoor warning siren system is normally tested on the first Wednesday of every month at 12:00 p.m. The monthly test will be cancelled if severe weather is threatening. If severe weather cancels the test it will be postponed until the next month. There are three conditions that result in the warning sirens being activated in Athens County.

  1. Severe Weather
    • When the National Weather Service initiates a Tornado Warning for an area that includes areas of Athens County.
    • When the National Weather Service initiates a Severe Thunderstorm Warning (winds 58+ mph, large hail, severe lightening, and heavy rains), for an area that includes areas of Athens County.
  2. When there is an actual enemy or terrorist attack against the United States has been detected and is threatening areas of Athens County and protective action should be taken immediately.
  3. When a public safety emergency occurs, the sirens will be used to alert the public of emergencies such as hazardous materials incidents and civil disturbances.

When the outdoor warning sirens are sounded for an emergency they will be activated for five minutes. When you hear the warning sirens you should do the following;

  1. DO NOT CALL 9-1-1 to ask why the sirens are sounding as this can overload the 9-1-1 emergency response system.
  2. Remember, outdoor warning sirens are just that, out-door warning. The sirens are meant to be heard outside to signal you to go indoors and tune your radio or television station to the local Emergency Alert System (EAS) Station. As homes continue to become more energy efficient and sound proofing enhanced, outdoor warning sirens that once could be heard decades ago inside of a home can no longer be heard. That’s why other means of warning are in place.
  3. Go immediately to a safe area in your home or building, if high winds, severe thunder, and lightning are present.
  4. If you are outside away from possible shelter, lie flat on the ground away from trees until the storm passes. If in a vehicle, get out and find a more substantial structure.
  5. Carry a battery-operated radio or NOAA all hazard alert radio to your safe area. You will know when the storm or emergency has passed and when it is clear to leave your safe area.
  6. The Athens County SIRENS DO NOT identify specific types of storms or emergencies; therefore, you should immediately seek shelter and tune to local television or radio for further information.

Nelsonville Board of Zoning Appeals meeting Tue, 7/11/17, 7:30PM, the public is invited and encouraged to attend

Nelso Zoning Appeals

The Nelsonville Board of Zoning Appeals will hold a meeting on Tuesday, June 11, 2017 at 7:30PM at City Hall. The meeting is being held to discuss a variance for a non-conforming use at 774 Chestnut Street. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

Nelsonville BOIL ORDER High St, Grosvenor St to 517 High St until further notice

Nelso Boil Order

The City of Nelsonville Water Department has issued a boil order for High Street from Grosvenor Street to 517 High Street until further notice.

Boil orders are put into place as a result of broken water lines or local flooding. When this happens, the drinking water may have been contaminated which can cause many illnesses.

Here are some tips to keep in mind, should you find yourself in this situation:

  • Bring water to a full boil, and boil for three minutes prior to use.
  • Use only boiled water for drinking, preparing food or baby formula.
  • To improve the flat taste of boiled water, keep cold in refrigerator.
  • Put a cup over your faucets as a reminder to not use tap water – not even to brush your teeth!
  • Instead of boiling water, you can disinfect water by adding one teaspoon unscented chlorine laundry bleach for every five gallons of water. Let stand 30 minutes before using.
  • Be sure to use sanitized food grade containers for storing water.
  • To disinfect water storage containers, pour a solution of one tablespoon of unscented chlorine bleach to a gallon of water into a container. Let the solution remain in the container for 10 minutes, then pour out the solution. Rinse with purified water.
  • Boiled or disinfected water can be stored for six months.
  • Dispose of ice cubes.
  • When washing dishes, make sure to sterilize dishes with a final dip in water that has one teaspoon of unscented household bleach per gallon of water. Disposable tableware is an option during a boil order.
  • It is also recommended you sanitize hands when washing. Again, use one teaspoon of unscented household bleach per gallon of water and rinse hand frequently by pouring rinse over the hands. Use paper towels to dry.
  • Water for bathing doesn’t need to be boiled. Supervise children to avoid water being ingested.

Athens County Crime Solvers Anonymous July 2017, Crimes of the Month

AC crime solvers

The following incidents has been listed by Athens County Crime Solvers Anonymous as July, 2017 Crimes of the Month.

The Athens Police Department is requesting your information pertaining to two criminal acts which occurred within the City.

  1. Burglary- On June 11, 2017 between 10:45 AM and 11:10 AM, unknown person(s) illegally entered the private residence of an employee of the St. Paul’s Catholic Church located at 38 N. College St.  While inside the attached residence, the subject(s) stole money and then fled the scene.  This incident did take place while services were being held in the church.
  2. Burglary– On June 18, 2017, it was reported a second burglary had taken place at 38 N. College St.. This burglary occurred after the reported June 11 incident and prior to June 18. Money, a laptop computer, and other property was stolen.

Athens County Crime Solvers Anonymous is offering a $2,000.00 cash reward for information on the above crimes if that information leads to the arrest and indictment of the person or persons responsible. *Information on serious misdemeanors will be limited to a $1000.00 cash reward.  **Any information that leads to the arrest of an individual responsible for graffiti, the board can authorize up to a $500.00 cash reward. If you have information on these crimes, please call (740) 594 – 3331.

Other cash rewards are available for your information regarding other crimes that have been committed in Athens County and if you have knowledge of other crimes, you are asked to call (740) 594 – 3331. Also visit our website at for information on previous crimes of the month. Postings can also be viewed on Facebook.

Remember! Crime Solvers Anonymous needs your information and not your name so that your information can be passed onto the proper authorities.  Help us to help Athens County become a safer place.

Athens Co Flash Flood Warning until 9PM, Fri, 6/23/17, seek shelter if threatened, avoid flood waters!

Flash Flood Warning

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Warning for Athens County until 9:00PM, Friday, 6/23/17.

At 459 PM, Doppler radar and automated rain gauges indicated heavy rain falling across the warned area. Up to one inch of rain has already fallen. Flash flooding is expected to begin shortly.

Some locations that will experience flooding include Athens, Nelsonville, Glouster, Chauncey, Buchtel and Jacksonville.

Additional rainfall amounts of 1 to 2 inches are possible in the warned area.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS; In hilly terrain there are hundreds of low water crossings which are potentially dangerous in heavy rain. Do not attempt to cross flooded roads. Find an alternate route.

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

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


Flash Flood Watch

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for Athens County from 2:00 AM, Friday, 6/23/17 to 6:00 AM, Saturday, 6/24/17.

In general, 1 and a half to 3 and a half inches of rain is possible across the watch area, with locally heavier amounts, as the remnants of Tropical Storm Cindy combine with a cold front dropping in from the northwest.

The heavy rain in the forecast will fall over a large area, which could easily overwhelm creeks and streams, and cause rises on the main stem rivers. Also, urban flooding is possible, as well as in poor drainage or other low lying areas. Debris flows are also a risk in prolonged rainfall. Road closures will be possible.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS; A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation.  You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should Flash Flood Warnings be issued.