Water-Logged Spring Putting a Damper on More than Spirits

By: Hanna Francis Email
By: Hanna Francis Email

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- To find a more rainy spring than this one, you'd have to go back to the floods of 1937.

All the water has put a beating on our region and on the wallets of folks who depend on sunny days to make a living.

Johnny Nance, for example, can't get a thing done. He's a contractor, specializing in the restoration of older buildings.

"No matter what type of construction you do, it's going to slow down when the water hits," Nance said. "I'm now two weeks behind. It's 100 percent because of rain."

Selling a hotdog in the rain is no picnic, either. Adam Littlehales is the assistant manager at Stewart's Original Hotdogs in Huntington -- he knows from experience, wearing wet shoes at work is awful.

"They get good money sometimes. People give more money cause they feels sorry for them," Littlehales said. "Occasionally we shut down, but usually we stay open."

Employees at the Army Corps of Engineers are working overtime this spring. It's the busiest one they've had in decades. The Corps has 35 flood control reservoirs catching water in our region, to make sure folks in other areas aren't flooded.

"We can't get rid of the flooding; all we can do is reduce it," Dave Meadows with the Army Corps of Engineers said. "We also work with the National Weather Service."

The water is so high right now, Meadows said, even campers at Beech Fork have been kicked out, for their own safety.

WSAZ Meteorologist Chris Bailey says Thursday will be the first completely dry, sunny day this region has seen in a while.


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