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SEVERE WEATHER: Flooding Hits WV, KY With Force

By: Mike Waterhouse Email
By: Mike Waterhouse Email
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FLOOD LEVELS: Click on the links below to view the current and projected flood levels from the NWS.

++ Tug Fork River at Williamson
++ Tug Fork River at Kermit
++ Guyandotte River at Logan
++ Guyandotte River at Man
++ Guyandotte River at Branchland
++ Coal River at Tornado
++ Big Sandy River at Fullers Station
++ Kanawha River at Charleston (South Side Bridge)

Heavy rains have caused a serious situation in the coal fields of West Virginia and eastern Kentucky.

The National Weather Service has EXTENDED a flood warning until late Sunday night for the Guyandotte River in LOGAN County. The NWS reports that at 10am, the stage was 25.5 feet and that minor flooding is occurring and minor flooding is expected. The flood stage at Logan is 23 feet and the river will continue rising to near 26.5 feet this afternoon---and the river will fall below flood stage late this evening. At stages near 26 feet numerous roads are flooded and railroad tracks above and below town are flooded.

The National Weather Service in has also issued a flood warning for the Coal River at Tornado in KANAWHA, BOONE, and LINCOLN counties until late Sunday night. The river flood warning continues for the Coal River at Tornado. As of 4 pm Sunday, the stage was 25.9 feet and moderate flooding is expected. Flood stage is 25 feet for the Coal River -- and the National Weather Service predicts it will continue to rise this evening, and crest around 28 feet late this evening. The Coal River will fall below flood stage by dawn Monday at the river forecast point at Tornado. At stages near 25 feet, water begins to cover the state highway approximately 150 to 200 feet downstream from the Tornado bridge. Smith Creek and Ferrell Road become impassable from backwater approximately 1 to 2 miles from the bridge. The river banks overflow near the river gauge. The forecast crest of 28 feet is a foot lower than the 29 foot crest observed back in November of 2003.

A flood warning has been EXTENDED for PIKE and FLOYD counties in eastern Kentucky until 5:15am Monday. At 5:09pm, the Pike County emergency manager has reported four roads closed and the highway patrol indicates that some roads in Floyd County are still closed. The Tug Fork is expected to stay above flood stage until Monday morning and this will cause backup on some of the tributaries and will cause some roads to stay closed during this time.

JUST IN: The National Weather Service has issues a flood warning for MARTIN County in northeast Kentucky until 7:00am Monday. At 7:07pm, County dispatch for Martin County reported that Highway 292 was closed in 3 locations: near Fluty Lick, Mount Sterling, and Little Elk of Hode. This flooding is due to the flooding on the Tug Fork, which will not crest until midnight tonight and then begin to fall.

WHAT IS A FLOOD WARNING? A flood warning means that flooding is imminent or has been reported. Stream rises will be slow and flash flooding is not expected. However, all interested parties should take necessary precautions immediately.

We are currently getting the latest reports from all counties affected by flooding. Please check back for the latest information.

COUNTY-BY-COUNTY REPORTS

BOONE: Dispatchers say flooding is everywhere. High water is covering Route 17, Route 85, Route 1, Route 3 at Comfort (water is at street level, but not flooded at Julian). Dispatchers also tell us evacuations are in progress in Madison, Prenter, Ridgeview. Rescues are underway in the Comfort area after cars have driven into high water. Emergency officials urge you to stay inside or go to higher ground away from the water.

LINCOLN: Dispatchers say most of the high water is in the southern part of the county. No evacuations have been necessary. Route 10 near Harts is currently closed due to high water.

LOGAN: Director of Emergency Services Roger Bryant reports: most flooding seems to hit the central part of the county, and a small part of the north end was affected. He said with exception to some water over the roads, the southern part of the county was spared. Here are the hardest hit areas: Island Creek, Deskins Addition, & Cherry Tree. Bryant says Route 10 is currently shut down at the south end of Logan near the intersection of the boulevard. Route 44 and Route 17 are also reportedly closed due to high water. Bryant says many people had to be rescued overnight and two people are still unaccounted for.

KANAWHA: Dispatchers say flooding is widespread. The hardest hit areas are in the eastern part of the county--specifically in Handley, Malden, and Slaughters Creek. There are also reports of flooding on Smith Road off Oakwood Road in the South Hills section of Charleston. No evacuations are in progress.

MINGO: Dispatchers say there is high water all over the county. Many roads are flooded, including the underpass in WIlliamson. Route 52 is also closed in several parts due to mudslides and high water. The Tug River is at 28.4 feet, and flood stage for the river is 32 feet.

ROANE: Dispatchers advise there were reports of high water earlier today, but the water has since gone down and there are no major closures to report.

NICHOLAS: Dispatchers say there's flooding all over the county. Reports have just come in about a large mudslide on Route 39 W on the west side oft eh Little Elk Mountain near Swiss. Traffic is able to get through right now, but drivers should use caution in the area.

PIKE & FLOYD (KY): 911 dispatchers report flooding throughout both counties. They say a portion of Route 460 has collapsed near Shelbiana in Pike County, closing that part of the road. No other major closures are reported.



EARLY MORNING REPORTS:

Most of the flooding appeared to be in Mingo County. 911 dispatchers tell WSAZ that the hardest hit areas are Duncan Fork and Laurel Creek -- evacuations were necessary early in the morning there.

A mudslide on Route 52 between Williamson and Delbarton has closed Route 52 for the time being. Dispatchers tell us one car was pushed into a hillside when the mud rushed on to the road, injuring the driver. We're told he went to hospital, but he didn't appear to be seriously hurt.

Dispatchers tell us at least 12-13 roads are closed in Mingo County due to high water. They tell us the northbound lanes of Route 119 near Route 65 have some water on them, but the road is still able to be driven on with caution. Several wrecks were reported--and dispatchers attribute those to the weather.

911 dispatchers in Logan County report no major flooding in the county, but said flood prone areas are experiencing high water.

In Kanawha County, dispatchers tell us most of the high water is contained to the Pinch and Cabin Creek area. In Pinch, there have been reports of flooding near Indian Creek Road. In eastern Kanawha County, high water has closed Slaughters Creek Road. Reports of flooding have also come in from the Eskdale area.

In Boone County, dispatchers tell us no major flooding has been reported, but there is high water throughout the county. No roads have been closed yet.



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