Flooding closes bridges and delays school

High water ran across the road on Route 9 East on Sunday.
photo by Zack Sipes,
Berkeley Springs Volunteer Fire Company

by Trish Rudder

The National Weather Service on Monday, September 10 declared hazardous weather conditions in Morgan County with a flood warning until 3:30 p.m. and a hazardous weather outlook through next Sunday.

High water closed Johnson’s Mill Road at the low water bridge; Powerhouse Road at the low water bridge; Spielman Road at Winchester Grade Road; Highland Ridge Road and Winchester Grade Road; and the low water bridge in the area of Morton Grove Road and Sticky Kline Road off Winchester Grade Road, according to the Morgan County Alert System that was issued Sunday evening.

Also, due to flooding on the county roads, Morgan County Schools had a two-hour delay on Monday morning.

Town of Bath Mayor Scott Merki said on Monday that Warm Springs Run did not flow over its banks in town and no streets were flooded. “As of the weekend, there was no major flooding,” he said.

But since more rain is expected, Merki said, “we are keeping watch for possible rain due to Hurricane Florence.”

Morgan County Division of Highways (DOH) Supervisor, Rodney Crowell, said the crews cleaned debris out of the culverts on county roads on Sunday night and Monday afternoon. He said they are keeping watch on the forecast “for what more rain will bring.”