High Water Traps Families in East Lynn, W.Va.

By: Olivia Fecteau Email
By: Olivia Fecteau Email

EAST LYNN, W.Va. (WSAZ) – More than a dozen people are stuck on one side of a creek in Wayne County after high waters washed away the tracks they normally use to drive out of their homes.

“So far we've been lucky. This is the first time it's been in this situation,” Elenora Adkins said. “Before, we could always cross it. Now we can't even get out.”

Adkins and her family, along with five other families, say the culvert that connects them to Stone Fort in East Lynn has been collapsed and broken since the summer of 2012. But until this storm, they were able to get in and out using metal tracks propped up on the broken concrete.

Rain, snow and ice caused the water in the creek to rise under the culvert, eventually sweeping away those makeshift tracks. Now, the families who live there say they can no longer drive across – trapping them in their homes.

“If we were to have an emergency or something like that, there's nobody that can get to us. And I can't hardly see and the neighbors up here, we're all disabled and we have no help,” Adkins said.

She added, “We ain't asking for somebody to build a bridge. We just need help to get in and out of here.”

Adkins said they feel helpless as they wait for someone to at least temporarily fix the problem. They say they are concerned that the culvert could collapse completely into deep water below.

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