SEVERE WEATHER ALERT: South Charleston Flooding Concerns


SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The threat of heavy rains Thursday and into Friday is causing concern for people living in South Charleston who are still cleaning up after August's flood.

Paula Butcher is one of those people. She lives right outside South Charleston city limits, but she's still cleaning up a big mess left by floods in August. They left her driveway a crumbled mess. "It's still a work in progress. It happened in the fall and we're still not close to being done with it."

Now, $8000 and four months later, she's scared the heavy rains predicted over the next few days will literally wash away her money and hard work.

"Hoping that what's going to happen in the next few days doesn't destroy what we've done so far," Butcher said.

South Charleston City Engineer, Steve DeBarr, says, "Since Monday, both the sanitary board and public works have had crews out cleaning catch basins, leaves off catch basins, storm inlets, and all storm structures throughout the city."

Crews learned from last time. The viaduct on Rock Lake Road was closed for hours after heavy flooding left a mess of mud in August.

"We're having crews spend the night both nights to make sure the pumps work and everything. The accumulation of rainfall in 36 hours is going to produce a lot of water," Debarr said.

It's enough water to cause concern for both city crews and people like Paula, who are just hoping for the best. "It's scary, anytime you hear the word 'flooding'. I was never afraid out here, but now, anytime you hear the word 'flooding',' it's terrifying."

Crews say they don't predict any road closures, but they will keep us posted on the latest road conditions.

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