The Army Corps of Engineers says it will gradually release water that's been held by dams in the Ohio River Basin to keep flooding from worsening.
The corps' Huntington District said Thursday in a news release that the decision follows the Ohio River's crest at Cairo, Illinois.
The river has reached historic levels this week. The corps says the levels would have been even higher without the dam management efforts.
All of West Virginia's dams except Bluestone are being used to hold back water. That has raised the lakes' levels above normal levels, and some boat ramps and campgrounds are closed.
The corps says recreation areas will be cleaned up and reopened after the reservoirs' levels begin to recede.
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