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UPDATE: Volunteers Set Plan to Help Roane County Flood Victims

By: Cathleen Moxley; Anna Baxter; Tony Cavalier; Andrew Colegrove Email
By: Cathleen Moxley; Anna Baxter; Tony Cavalier; Andrew Colegrove Email
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UPDATE 6/27/13 @ 6:25 p.m.
ROANE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A couple of weeks ago, much of Roane County, including the county seat of Spencer, was covered with water.

Neighbors have been helping each other out every day, and now many others are jumping in to do the same.

“It was just total devastation,” David Stilgenbaeur, a volunteer, said. “Some of them lost everything they had.”

David and Shari Stilgenbaeur have no ties to Roane County, but their roles in the United Methodist Church Disaster Response Team brought them there to help.

“When you could see their family portraits covered in gunk; I mean it was just mud and filth -- they're things that can't be replaced,” Shari said.

The Stilgenbaeur's are part of a much bigger picture.

West Virginia VOAD, "voluntary organizations active in disaster," has already helped clean out 188 of the more than 200 homes either damaged or destroyed by the flood.

“When you lose all your appliances and your furniture; then you've got all this damage to your walls and everything to repair, it's hard to overcome,” WVVOAD state chair Jenny Gannaway said.

Thursday, the different organizations came together; forming committees and assigning tasks to help all flood victims get back on their feet.

“It's fulfilling when you can see homes being repaired and families going back into homes,” Gannaway said.

“Don't be afraid to get involved,” Shari said. “A little bit of help goes a long way.”

For more information on WVVOAD, visit its web site at www.wvvoad.org.



UPDATE 6/18/13 @ 4 p.m.
ROANE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A community is dealing with flooding for the second time in less than a week.

Tuesday morning, heavy downpours led to rising streams in Spencer in Roane County.

Several streets were covered.

Part of Goff Run Road washed out, leaving more than 10 people stranded.

Adam Blaire says he woke up to the sound of a culvert being washed out.

“It sets your nerves on end,” Blaire said. “It almost feels like we're cursed.”

Roger Miller was planning to work on cleaning up Thursday's mess, but because of the latest round of high water, he couldn’t get to his home along Market Street.

"I lost everything last week,” Miller said. “I just put new furniture in there. I was afraid it was going to ruin it again."

Tuesday’s round of severe weather did end largely with relief. The water did not get as high as last Thursday when it damaged hundreds of homes and businesses.



UPDATE 6/14/13 @ 6:50 a.m.
ROANE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Thousands in Roane County are left dealing with mud, debris and damage left behind by Thursday's flood.

On Friday, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin toured Roane County -- assessing the damage, which includes more than 100 homes.

They're trying to put a dollar amount on the damage to see if the county can qualify for FEMA assistance.

Meanwhile, 911 dispatchers are still taking damage reports.

Tomblin says it will take a few days to pin down that dollar amount. His concern is whether it will be enough to get the funding.

“This area is not prone to flooding,” Tomblin said. “It's people who have never really had to have flood insurance, and it puts these people at a real disadvantage. But we'll do everything we can to get the approval."

Volunteers with the American Red Cross have been working around the clock -- making sure people have cleaning supplies, plenty of food and even a place to stay.

A portion of Route 119 is also damaged. One lane slipped off into the creek. Tomblin said crews will be out Monday fixing it.



UPDATE 6/14/13 @ 7:15 a.m.
ROANE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Things are slowly getting back to normal in Roane County after severe weather flooded the county Thursday morning.

Many people will spend the day cleaning up now that the water has gone down.

911 Dispatchers tell WSAZ.com most of the roads are back open to traffic, but parts of Route 119 are restricted to local traffic because of damage to the road.

People who live in Roane County can report flood damage to their houses and businesses by calling 304-927-0911. People can also call that number if they have flood damaged household items that need disposed of. Crews with the city of Spencer will be out Friday cleaning up the debris from the storm.

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin issued a State of an Emergency for Roane County shortly after the storm.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.



UPDATE 6/14/13 @ 6:07 a.m.
ROANE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- 911 operations are back to normal in Roane County. The location that houses the county's emergency dispatchers was temporarily evacuated Thursday due to high water.

Heavy rain caused widespread flooding in the area during the day on Thursday, and a shelter was opened on Thursday night for people who either were forced from their houses by flood water or who couldn't reach their homes due to impassable roads blocking by flooding.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.



UPDATE 6/13/13 @ 1 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Governor Earl Ray Tomblin has issued a State of Emergency for Roane County after severe flooding hit the county early Thursday.

According to the Governor's Office, a shelter will be opening at 1:30 p.m. at the Roane County National Guard Armory.

WSAZ.com has talked to several people who live there and say it's the worst flooding they have ever seen in that area.

Several water rescues were made along Arnoldsburg Road, Clay Road and Bell Street in Spencer. No one was hurt.

Roane County 911 Director Melissa Gilbert tells WSAZ.com the flooding is widespread. Right now, high water is covering several roads, including the entrance to WalMart in Spencer. East Main Street is also flooded and caused the 911 Center to evacuate.

All 911 calls in Roane County are being routed to Jackson County, W.Va.

High water is also surrounding the Roane County Emergency Squad.

Right now, a rock slide is blocking Route 119 between Walton and Spencer. Route 33 is also closed due to high water.

Roane and Calhoun counties are under a Flash Flood Warning until 3:15 pm.

The Division of Highways and the West Virginia National Guard are sending crews to Roane County.

According to a news release, Kanawha County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, along with Kanawha County Metro 911 are providing resource assistance to Roane County.

Kanawha is also sending its Mobile Command Center and personnel to Roane County to assistant with the receiving of 911 calls.

"Kanawha County is willing to help our neighboring counties in any way that we can. We have offered additional resources to Delegate Bob Ashley and will continue to assist Roane County in any way that we can,” Commission President Kent Carper said.

A news conference has been scheduled at 5 p.m. at the Spencer Volunteer Fire Department located on Route 33. Captain D. L. Lemmon of the West Virginia State Police and representatives from the Office of Emergency Services will be there to discuss the flooding in Roane County.

The heavy rain is also causing some problems in Kanawha County.
The Kanawha County Emergency Response Team has been activated and opened its Emergency Operations Center at Metro 911 to assist with the weather incident.

High water is now covering Ohio Avenue in Charleston. 911 Dispatchers tell WSAZ.com several trees are down throughout the county, including one along MacCorkle near Riley's Tools in Jefferson.

Traffic lights and power has also been knocked out in the area of Route 94 and MacCorkle Avenue in Marmet.

Downed trees have also been an issue in Kanawha County. A large tree flattened two fences along MacCorkle Avenue in Chesapeake just after noon Thursday.

A homeowner tells WSAZ.com the tree just missed one of the houses on the street. A limb from this same tree fell and smashed a roof of a home last June. The ceiling of that home is still not fixed.

The homeowner's son says he's glad his 85-year-mother is okay, but he was shocked to see all the damage. They're not sure why their neighbor hasn't removed the tree.

We have crews in Kanawha and Roane counties. Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.



UPDATE 6/13/13 @ 12:30 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Heavy rain is now causing some problems in Kanawha County.

High water is now covering Ohio Avenue in Charleston. 911 Dispatchers tell WSAZ.com several trees are down throughout the county, including one along MacCorkle near Riley's Tools in Jefferson.

Kanawha County is under a Severe Thunderstorm Warning until 1:15 p.m. Clay, Boone, Lincoln and Nicholas counties are also under a Severe Thunderstorm Warning.

Some of the worst flooding has been reported in Roane County. Several water rescues were made along Arnoldsburg Road, Clay Road and Bell Street in Spencer. No one was hurt.

Roane County 911 Director Melissa Gilbert tells WSAZ.com the flooding is widespread. Right now, high water is covering several roads, including the entrance to the WalMart in Spencer. East Main Street is also flooded and caused the 911 Center to evacuate.

All 911 calls in Roane County are being routed to Jackson County, W.Va.

High water is also surrounding the Roane County Emergency Squad.

Right now, a rock slide is blocking Route 119 between Walton and Spencer. Route 33 is also closed due to high water.

Roane and Calhoun counties are under a Flash Flood Warning until 3:15 pm.

The Division of Highways and the West Virginia National Guard are sending crews to Roane County.

According to a news release, Kanawha County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, along with Kanawha County Metro 911 are providing resource assistance to Roane County.

Kanawha is also sending its Mobile Command Center and personnel to Roane County to assistant with the receiving of 911 calls.

"Kanawha County is willing to help our neighboring counties in any way that we can. We have offered additional resources to Delegate Bob Ashley and will continue to assist Roane County in any way that we can,” Commission President Kent Carper said.

We have crews in Kanawha and Roane counties. Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.



UPDATE 6/13/13 @ 10:30 a.m.
ROANE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Several water rescues were reported in Roane County Thursday morning after severe weather pushed through the region.

The rescues were made along Arnoldsburg Road, Clay Road and Bell Street in Spencer. No one was hurt.

Roane County 911 Director Melissa Gilbert tells WSAZ.com the flooding is widespread. Right now, high water is covering several roads, including the entrance to the WalMart in Spencer. East Main Street is also flooded causing the 911 Center to evacuate.

All 911 calls in Roane County are being routed to Jackson County, W.Va.

High water is also surrounding the Roane County Emergency Squad.

Right now, a rock slide is blocking Route 119 between Walton and Spencer. Route 33 is also closed due to high water.

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Warning for Calhoun and Roane counties until 11:15 a.m. Braxton and Gilmer counties will be under a Flash Flood Warning until 11:30 a.m.

The NWS has just extended the Flash Flood Warnings for Roane and Calhoun counties until 3:15 pm.

The Division of Highways and the West Virginia National Guard are sending crews to Roane County.

We have a crew in Roane County. Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.



UPDATE 6/13/13 @ 8 a.m.
ROANE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- High water has been reported across Roane County.

Roane is just one of four West Virginia Counties under a Flash Flood Warning Thursday morning.

Roane County 911 Director says high water has been reported across the county, especially in Spencer. Right now, water is covering East Main Street.

911 Dispatchers tell WSAZ.com two water rescues are underway along Arnoldsburg Road and Clay Road. Dispatchers say the two people are stuck in their homes and crews are trying to get them out safely.

The National Weather Service has issued the Flash Flood Warning for Calhoun and Roane counties until 11:15 a.m. Braxton and Gilmer counties will be under a Flash Flood Warning until 11:30 a.m.

A rockslide was reported along Route 119 about two miles south of Spencer early Thursday morning, but it has since been cleared.

Power outages have also been reported across the region.

In Jackson County, W.Va., 848 customers are currently without power, according to AEP. Another 200 MonPower customers are also without in that same area. 194 of those outages are in Sandyville.

According to AEP, 2,889 customers in Jackson County, Ohio are without power. 1,721 customers in Athens County, OH are also in the dark.

Also in Ohio, reports of trees down in some areas. At least two trees are down on Woods Mill Road in Gallia County and Jackson Pike at 588.

Mason County, W.Va. has also experienced downed trees in the area from the high winds.

So far, no major damage has been reported.



UPDATE 6/13/13 @ 7:15 a.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Several West Virginia counties are now under a Flash Flood Warning.

The National Weather Service has issued the warning for Calhoun and Roane counties until 11:15 a.m. Braxton and Gilmer counties will be under a Flash Flood Warning until 11:30 a.m.

The heavy rain has already caused some traffic problems near Spencer. 911 Dispatchers tell WSAZ.com a rockslide has been reported along Route 119 about two miles south of Spencer.

The slide is not blocking the road, but drivers should use caution in the area.

DOH crews are on the way to the scene to clear the road.

Power outages have also been reported across the region.

In Jackson County, W.Va., 848 customers are currently without power, according to AEP. Another 200 MonPower customers are also without in that same area. 194 of those outages are in Sandyville.

According to AEP, 2,889 customers in Jackson County, Ohio are without power. 1,721 customers in Athens County, OH are also in the dark.

Also in Ohio, reports of trees down in some areas. At least two trees are down on Woods Mill Road in Gallia County and Jackson Pike at 588.

Mason County, W.Va. has also experienced downed trees in the area from the high winds.

So far, no major damage has been reported.

While this "Derecho" does not have the wind velocities of last year's event, it appears there is a lot more water with this storm which lends itself to a potential high water day," Chief Meteorologist Tony Cavalier reports.

We will have live team coverage throughout the morning. Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.



UPDATE 6/13/13 @ 5:20 a.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A strong thunderstorm is moving through the region that's expected to produce high winds, heavy rain and lightning.

Early Thursday morning the National Weather Service officially designated the storm line as a "Derecho".

Right now, the storm is in southern Ohio and moving northeast at about 50 MPH.

The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Jackson, Mason, Roane and Wirt counties in West Virginia. Meigs County is also under a severe thunderstorm warning. The warning was issued until 6:45 a.m.

This storm is capable of producing quarter size hail and damaging winds in excess of 60 MPH. Heavy rain is also expected with this storm.

Several other counties are under a Severe Thunderstorm Watch.

Some power outages have already been reported in Ohio. According to AEP, 134 customers in Jackson County, Ohio are without power. 1,721 customers in Athens County, OH are also without power.

As of 7 a.m., Jackson County, W.Va. is also reporting power outages. 850 customers are without power.

The heavy rain is also causing some problems in Roane County. 911 Dispatchers tell WSAZ.com a rockslide has been reported along Route 119 about two miles south of Spencer.

The rockslide is not blocking the road, but drivers should use caution in the area.

DOH crews are on the way to the scene to clear the road.

While this "Derecho" does not have the wind velocities of last year's event, it appears there is a lot more water with this storm which lends itself to a potential high water day," Chief Meteorologist Tony Cavalier reports.

We will have live team coverage throughout the morning. Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.



2 AM Update

The bow echo/squall line/derecho in the making continues to press eastward at a steady pace and already heat lightning is lighting up the sky of Southern Ohio.

On our 1:15 am newscast, I mentioned that the strongest winds and most likely damage path was to parallel the Bob Evans highway Ohio Route 35 through the Buckeye State then into West Virginia.

The time frame for the storm's arrival and departure is 3 am to 6 am with much of Eastern Kentucky missing the heaviest winds and rains.

12 AM Stanley Cup Update

It appears a Derecho has indeed formed in Northern Indiana. The storm line will cross Southern Ohio and Central WV while kissing far Northern Kentucky between 4 and 6 AM.

Intense lightning and strong winds will create power outs and torrential rains will flood some streets. This storm looks to have more water but less wind than last year's derecho.

Next update after the game ends.

10PM Update

Violent thunderstorms with high winds, and hail are common through Central and Nortehrn Ohio and Northern WV. Tornado warnings are flying east and north of Columbus. So far no tornao alerts in WV.

These storms will miss the WSAZ viewing area but will help to flicker up the sky from heat lightning after midnight.

Then between 3 and 6AM storms in Northern Indiana will arrive with heavy rains, gusty winds and lightning strikes. Most likely effects will include pockets of street flooding and power hits.

6 PM Update

All quiet locally as doppler radar shows only a few scattered showers.

Meanwhile a tornado watch has been issued for Northern West Virginia and Northern Ohio including the cities of Morgantown, Clarksburg and Fairmont WV and Marietta, Zanesville and Columbus Ohio.

The risk of damaging winds, hail and a tornado runs until midnight in this zone. By that time we may see some heat lightning off to the north as the storm line makes its closet pass at our region.

3 PM Posting

Late Wednesday afternoon a hot tropical sun has steamed the air to jungle-like levels, a sure sign that thunderstorms are in our near term future.

Most outdoor activities will get in fine on Wednesday night before thunderstorms armed with heavy rains, gusty winds and frequent lightning arrive late tonight into Thursday morning.

Localized street flooding downpours and power hits will be realized in parts of the region on Thursday morning with Southern Ohio and Central WV, basically the region north of I-64 favored for the heaviest activity.

A late night storm or tornado watch seems plausible from the National Weather Service once activity picks up on radar. But until storms form, it is not possible to pinpoint areas that will be affected and hardest hit.

The risk of a derecho is muted by the likelihood of short clusters of fast moving thunderheads.The latter will likely do scattered damage as opposed to the former which knocks out power to tens of thousands as we saw last year.


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