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Jasper

Huntington, WV

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Aug 4, 2013
 
I was wondering what people's thoughts were concerning the flood wall that surrounds Huntington. Do you think that old relic that was erected in 1939 would hold today if the river was nearing the top of it?
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Saylorsburg, PA

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Aug 4, 2013
 

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The river was about 1/2 to 3/4 the way up the wall in 1997 and it did its job perfectly
Beau

Huntington, WV

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Aug 4, 2013
 
Maybe in some places. I work behind the flood wall and in 1997 it didn't even come up on the wall. It was about a foot from getting to it.
Derper

Huntington, WV

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Aug 4, 2013
 
The flood wall is newer than the storm drains.
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Beau wrote:
Maybe in some places. I work behind the flood wall and in 1997 it didn't even come up on the wall. It was about a foot from getting to it.
I was in college at the time and we went down to Harris river front park to check it out. We climbed up on the wall (being super smart 19yo boys) and looked over. That's where I saw the water up on the wall. It was late winter maybe early spring when the snows all melted.
Steve

Huntington, WV

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[QUOTE who="?"]<quoted text>
I was in college at the time and we went down to Harris river front park to check it out. We climbed up on the wall (being super smart 19yo boys) and looked over. That's where I saw the water up on the wall. It was late winter maybe early spring when the snows all melted.[/QUOTE]

The top of the flood wall is the same elevation all around the city. The lay of the land determines how tall the flood wall is. very tall in some places and very short in some places depending on the lay of the land. The flood wall is a couple of feet higher than the water was in 1937 which was around 69.5 ft. In 1997 the water rose to around 57.5 ft. So the water got was around 12 ft. higher in 1937.
Mean Biggun

Sioux City, IA

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Aug 4, 2013
 
I got laid behind the floodwall when I was 14.
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Sioux City, IA

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Aug 4, 2013
 
Mean Biggun wrote:
I got laid behind the floodwall when I was 14.
Loved your Momma so much since then you decided to stay in her basement the rest of your life!
doht

Huntington, WV

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Aug 4, 2013
 
his momma laid a 14 year old egg behind the flood wall?
Greg

Oak Hill, WV

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Jasper wrote:
I was wondering what people's thoughts were concerning the flood wall that surrounds Huntington. Do you think that old relic that was erected in 1939 would hold today if the river was nearing the top of it?
Yes it would and it has saved Huntington several times.
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Oak Hill, WV

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Aug 4, 2013
 
It was several feet up on the wall in 97
Jasper

Huntington, WV

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Aug 5, 2013
 
Greg wrote:
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Yes it would and it has saved Huntington several times.
The question was would it hold if the water neared the top of the wall. The highest it has ever been was 8 or 9 ft. from the top in 1948. That was 65 years ago.
Pete

Oak Hill, WV

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Aug 6, 2013
 
Probably.

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