Ohio River Rising Huntington: Part of Nationwide “Rise for Climate” Rallies

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Ohio River Rising Huntington: Part of Nationwide “Rise for Climate” Rallies

Join us Saturday September 8, at 10 a.m. at Heritage Station in Huntington.

Details here. Bring your friends and family. Bring a water bottle. Bring your commitment to a renewable future!

News: Coalition of environmental groups to host River Rising event

Co-sponsors are: OVEC, MU Native American Student Organization, Fourpole Creek Watershed Association, Tri-State Indivisible, Citizens Climate Lobby of Huntington, Solar Holler.

Real climate leadership rises from the grassroots up! Join us in Huntington for one of thousands of rallies in cities and towns around the world to demand that our local leaders commit to building a fossil free world that works for all of us, that puts people and justice before profits. No more stalling, no more delays: it’s time for 100% renewable energy for all. These rallies take place during the time of the Global Climate Action Summit in California.

The Ohio River is endangered by the proposed, benignly named Appalachian Storage Hub (ASH). This proposed petrochemical mega-project would spur second and third waves of fracking, all for manufacturing toxic plastics manufacturing, despite the burgeoning worldwide movement to ban single-use plastics, and the growing research into less toxic alternatives to other forms of plastics.

Come learn more about why you should get involved in opposing ASH and promoting a better vision for our region. Come learn more about climate change impacts in our region and ways we can band together to create a better future for our region.

Join us as we let out local leaders know we don’t want a petrochemical future and hold them to account and demand that they walk the talk on climate action.

>>> The Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition
PO Box 6753
Huntington, WV 25773-6753
info@ohvec.org 304-522-0246

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WTRF 7 News September 9, 2018 at 9:30 am

School, hospital officials react to large-scale heat exhaustion at John Marshall High School

MOUNDSVILLE, W. Va. (WTRF) – Several dozen students have been treated for dehydration at three different hospitals after a band practice turned into a medical emergency.

A routine band practice on John Marshall High School’s new turf field caused students to feel dizzy and sick. Some students fainted, and others vomited, according to officials.

10 EMS agencies from Ohio, Marshall, and Belmont Counties provided 16 ambulances to transport students from Sherrard and Moundsville Middle Schools, and John Marshall High School to three different area hospitals, according to Marshall County Emergency Management.

EMS personnel were also dispatched to Sherrard Middle School to triage and treat students there with several more also transported to local hospitals, according Marshall County Emergency Management.

At least 37 students have been or are being treated at WVU Reynolds Memorial Hospital, Ohio Valley Medical Center, and Wheeling Hospital.

At Wheeling Hospital, students were first triaged in the emergency/trauma center, then taken to the Center for Pediatrics where emergency physicians and nurses are currently still treating students, according to hospital spokesman Gregg Warren.

At least one student will be hospitalized overnight.

“I believe the turf holds the heat a little bit more than the natural grass, so that’s something we’ll just get used to and we’ll be extra cautious as the season goes on,” said Tracy Filbin, John Marshall’s band director.

Officials told 7News that they believe the new turf might be the cause of the issue.

“I don’t think the kids are used to that and that was one of the reasons they wanted to bring them down today so they could get used to it,” said Corey Murphy, Marshall County Schools’ assistant superintendant. “But the heat does radiate off of that, and I think some kids weren’t expecting that.”

Source: https://www.wtrf.com/news/education/school-hospital-officials-react-to-large-scale-heat-exhaustion-at-john-marshall/1423555350


Wheeling News September 9, 2018 at 9:40 am

Forecasters: Ohio River Flooding Could Be Worst in 13 Years

Ohio River Expected to Crest at 42 Feet in Wheeling by Monday

By MATT SAXTON, Wheeling Intelligencer, September 9, 2018

WHEELING — Forecasters are expecting the worst flooding on the Ohio River since January 2005 to occur in the early part of this week.

The remnants of Tropical Storm Gordon began moving through the Ohio Valley on Saturday. When it finally dries out late Monday or early Tuesday, the National Weather Service predicts the storm will have dropped at least 4-5 inches of rain on portions of West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania. The rainfall amount could be as high as 6-7 inches in some areas.

As that water moves toward the Ohio River, it could crest at almost 42 feet in Wheeling by Monday night. Flood stage in the city is 36 feet.

“We’re expecting an event similar to Hurricane Ivan,” Wheeling-Ohio County Homeland Security and Emergency Management Director Lou Vargo said. Vargo was referring to river flooding that occurred in September 2004, when the Ohio River crested at 45 feet. The National Weather Service predicts the river will crest at 41.8 feet this week. The last time it reached 42 feet was in January 2005. By way of comparison, the river reached 38.9 feet when it flooded in February this year.

“It’s not in our favor,” Shannon Hefferan, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Pittsburgh, said. “Weather systems like this are usually associated with tropical systems.”

Hefferan said almost 1.5 inches of rain already had fallen in Wheeling by 6 p.m. Saturday. By 6 p.m. today, she said, forecast models predicted another 1.5 inches of rain will fall across the region.

Although the weather service had issued flood watches for streams, creeks and the Ohio River, Hefferan said she expected those watches to become warnings by today. By Monday, when all the water makes its way to the river, she said she expects moderate flooding from East Liverpool in the north to Point Pleasant in the south.

However, she said, even The Point in Pittsburgh is expected to be at least partially underwater at some point before Tuesday. “We’ll have a gradual, steady flooding,” she said.

Vargo said when the river reaches about 42 feet, Wheeling Island residents experience basement flooding. Northern portions of the Island also could see flooding, as will the areas behind Wheeling Island Stadium. South Wheeling also sees flooding in those conditions, he said.

In Marshall County, people in McMechen began preparing for floods as the rain poured late Saturday night. McMechen Police Chief Don DeWitt said between 10-12 volunteers came to the city’s garage to begin filling hundreds of sandbags to help protect homes and businesses from rising water.“We’ve got a couple of young guys who came who are working in there pretty hard,” he said.

DeWitt said a few companies donated the sand. They included Weldon Construction, Precision Pipeline LLC and Capstone Energy Services. Volunteers were expected to continue through the night and into today with the sandbag effort.

Meanwhile, Vargo said emergency officials in Ohio County met Saturday morning to prepare. He also sent in a request to the state of West Virginia to have members of the National Guard available if necessary. “If the river does flood, there could be cleanup on the Island and South Wheeling that needs to be taken care of,” he said.

Vargo said emergency officials were watching streams and creeks late Saturday and early Sunday. However, neither Hefferan nor Vargo said they expect flash flooding to be an issue because the rain will fall over a longer period of time.

Hefferan said the weather service is keeping an eye on Tropical Storm Florence for the next possible major weather event. The storm, which had been a hurricane at one point but was downgraded again, was 800 miles southeast of Bermuda on Saturday evening. It is expected to become a major hurricane — Category 3 or higher — by the time it makes landfall in the Carolinas later this week.

Source: http://www.theintelligencer.net/news/top-headlines/2018/09/forecasters-ohio-river-flooding-could-be-worst-in-13-years/


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