High Waters on the Rise Again!

Flash Flood Warnings galore in Central WV.

Off Again, On Again

Are you tired of the rain yet? Well, fuggetaboutit! May is often the wettest month of the year so it is supposed to rain in this merry month of flowers.

Sure April gets the credit for showers but the long time climatology of Appalachia says May not April is when the serious rains fall.

Just ask folks in Sissonville who watched tributaries of the Pocatalico swell in a rush on Monday evening. Kallie Cart is sending back a series of mind boggling e-pics of the flash flood.

The heavy rains will swell many streams in Mingo, Logan, Boone, Kanawha, Jackson, Roane, Clay and Lincoln Counties. Road closures and swamped ditches overflowing into cars and low lying properties will be common here.

Now Charleston and soon Huntington will officially reached top 10 status for May rains and the month is only half over. What’s more, the wettest May on record is a mere 3 inches away for both big cities.

Tuesday will feature more hours of rain than Monday, but less rainfall in the bucket. But every drop will add up to an even wetter May. On top of that, another very wet and stormy period is ahead this weekend.

Add it up and we should be knocking on the door of the wettest May on record (2003 in Huntington and 2001 in Charleston) by the time we march thru the streets of Ironton on Memorial Day.

Police and 911 dispatchers tell me that Logan and Kanawha Counties WV have taken the brunt of the high water.

In Logan County, numerous mudslides have patially blocked roads with State Route 10 a problem in the McConnell-Lyburn, 3 Mile curve area. High water signs are up and motorists are reminded of the peril in crossing flooded roads and night when visibility is poor.

In Kanawha County, Kallie Cart has been surveying the breadth and force of the high water. From Cross Lanes to Sissonville, a fast and furious 2 to 3 inches of rain overwhelmed small gulches, ditches and tributaries of the Pocatalico.

Flood Watches remain in effect overnight for Southern and Central WV.
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