From the WSAZ First Warning Weather Center... The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Warning for the counties of Wirt and Wood in West Virginia until 6:15 AM... FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR... PLEASANTS COUNTY IN WEST VIRGINIA... WESTERN RITCHIE COUNTY IN WEST VIRGINIA... THIS INCLUDES THE CITY OF HARRISVILLE... NORTH CENTRAL WIRT COUNTY IN WEST VIRGINIA... EASTERN WOOD COUNTY IN WEST VIRGINIA... UNTIL 615 AM EDT AT 314 AM EDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED VERY HEAVY RAIN FROM THUNDERSTORMS OVER THE WARNED AREA. LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO NORTH BEND STATE PARK PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... EXCESSIVE RUNOFF FROM HEAVY RAINFALL WILL CAUSE FLOODING OF SMALL CREEKS AND STREAMS...HIGHWAYS AND UNDERPASSES. ADDITIONALLY...COUNTRY ROADS AND FARMLANDS ALONG THE BANKS OF CREEKS...STREAMS AND OTHER LOW LYING AREAS ARE SUBJECT TO FLOODING. A FLASH FLOOD WARNING MEANS THAT FLOODING IS IMMINENT OR OCCURRING. IF YOU ARE IN THE WARNING AREA MOVE TO HIGHER GROUND IMMEDIATELY. RESIDENTS LIVING ALONG STREAMS AND CREEKS SHOULD TAKE IMMEDIATE PRECAUTIONS TO PROTECT LIFE AND PROPERTY. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO CROSS SWIFTLY FLOWING WATERS OR WATERS OF UNKNOWN DEPTH BY FOOT OR BY AUTOMOBILE. PLEASE REPORT HIGH WATER TO THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BY CALLING TOLL FREE...800-401-9535...WHEN YOU CAN DO SO SAFELY. YOU MAY ALSO REPORT HIGH WATER BY POSTING YOUR REPORT TO THE CHARLESTON WEST VIRGINIA NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FACEBOOK PAGE...OR BY USING THE TWITTER HASHTAG...NWSRLX. There is also a Flash Flood Watch for the counties of Boyd, Carter, Greenup and Lawrence in Kentucky, for the counties of Athens, Gallia, Jackson, Lawrence, Meigs and Vinton in Ohio and for the counties of Boone, Braxton, Cabell, Calhoun, Clay, Jackson, Kanawha, Lincoln, Logan, Mason, Mingo, Nicholas, Putnam, Roane, Wayne, Wirt and Wood in West Virginia until 1:00 AM Saturday. Stay tuned or go to WSAZ.com for the latest information.

President Approves Disaster Declaration

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - President Bush has cleared the way for federal funds to be used to help clean up damage caused by last month's flooding.

Tuesday's disaster declaration means some nonprofit groups and local and state governments may be able to recoup part of their costs for emergency work and for the repair and replacment of facilities.

The declaration covers Boone, Cabell, Lincoln, Logan, Mingo, Wayne and Wyoming counties.

In seeking the declaration, Governor Manchin said the state suffered nearly three million dollars worth of damage to roads, bridges and public infrastructure.

The declaration does not apply to private homes or businesses that were damaged during flooding that followed heavy rains the weekend of April 14th and 15th.


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