Flooding Greets the Mother's Day Weekend

Flash Flooding has pounded parts of the Coalfields. Tony has the violent story.

Serious Coalfield Flooding

A train effect of drenching thunderstorms is flooding parts of Floyd, Pike, Mingo and Logan Counties early this Saturday morning. Warnings for high water are out in this area.

When a storm train occurs, heavy rains can inundate creeks and cause violent flash flooding. The Pidgeon Creek, Horsepen Creek and Mate Creek have overflowed and created widespread flooding. Mingo EMS tells me that Varney, Red Jacket and Matewan have flooding on-going.

In Wharncliffe, Mingo County, fire department personnel are requesting people shelter in place until fire teams can reach those stranded. The Left and Right Forks of Ben's Creek and Alum Creek have overflowed into town.

Evacuations include but are not limited to North Matewan, Magnolia Gardens, Delbarton and Gilbert. John May called from Baisden and said "this is worse than 1972". Gilbert has water rushing down city streets and is in effect cut off.

Of course folks in the Pidgeon Creek watershed are no strangers to flooding. The flash flood of June 4,2004 devastated parts of the southern Mingo County. Two-thousand homes were affected.

In Pike and Floyd Counties, tributaries of the Levisa Fork have overflowed their banks. Mudslides and flooded roads have been reported by Pike EMS dispatchers at Runions Branch near Belfry, Route 460 along Powell’s Creek and in Pikeville along Thompson road.

Johns Creek school has been swamped by water in Pike County. Racoon Creek and Open Fork near Meta are among numerous streams covering roads.

Police tell me that Belfry has been hit hard and some people have moved to the second story of their homes to avoid the rising waters. It should be noted water is in the homes of many people in Belfry.

Floyd County EMS folks say the county has been hit hard. Many roads were closed before dawn including Rt. 2030 along Little Mud Creek where a mudslide occured. Just after midnight Rt 7-550 intersection at Turkey Creek near Maytown was closed due to a felled tree on the road.

The storm train will ease a bit farther south as daybreak occurs but not before producing as much as 5 inches of rain in localized areas.
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