Cleaning Up After the Storms

By: Katelyn Sykes Email
By: Katelyn Sykes Email

KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Left to clean up. That's what folks in Alum Creek and much of Lincoln County are doing, Saturday, after Friday night's storms caused serious flooding and damage.

"I was absolutely shocked. I've never seen anything quite like it to be honest with you," said Joseph Watts, Minister at the Alum Creek Church of Christ.

"The amount of water that was coming through the parking lot, it just looked like it was a giant river."

But, for the amount of water that overtook the church's parking lot, Watts said the church itself faired off rather well.

"The water ran off the back of the hill and it got into our duct work back there," said Watts. "So then it came through the ducts in the auditorium. When we first walked in, it sounded like our unit was drowning. It was gurggling back there. The fans were running. It was pushing water up into the vents a little bit. But it didn't get into the building too bad just the duct work."

It's a different story at the Duval Volunteer FIre Department. While the department was out on several water rescues, Friday night, 18 inches of water filled their garage destroying the department's kitchen and four of their personal vehicles outside.

"It was devastating," said Chief Nathan Price, Duval Volunteer Fire Department. We could have lost our fire engines but we still lost our personal vehicles. But it could have been a lot worse."

Now both the fire department and church are left cleaning up the thick mud and water left behind. Both Price and Watts said they're not sure of their monetary losses.

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