Crews Clear Debris to Prevent Flooding in Kanawha

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- With the risk of more heavy rain pushing through our region, Kanawha County is taking extra precaution to try and help prevent as much flooding as possible.

Crews from the West Virginia Division of Highways and Kanawha County Emergency Management, along with clients from the Day Report Center in Charleston spent the day at Trace Fork Creek in Charleston to move debris from water.

C.W. Sigman with Kanawha County Emergency Management says crews can't prevent flooding, but the county hopes to make it less severe when the next big storm hits. The county was notified by the National Weather Service that heavy rain is expected next week.

Sigman says part of the flooding that happened earlier this month can be traced back to last summer's Derecho. He says all the dead tree limbs that fell during that storm have clogged several of the creeks in the county.

The crew on Friday collected more than four truck loads from the creek and the WVDOH hauled them off.

Another group will be in St. Albans Saturday from 8 a.m. until noon on West Main Street to do similar work near the bridge.

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