60 Moments: May 2009 Coalfield Floods

"This used to be route 65 heading to Delbarton,” pointed one a resident of Mingo County.

So it was on a savage Saturday morning in May 2009 that folks in the coalfields awoke to a violent wave of flash flooding.

At the time, a police officer explained that Belfry, Hardy, Turkey Creek -- everywhere was flooded.

So fast did the rain fall, and so forceful did the water flow, that for a time, it appeared an ocean with tides had swept away cars and inundated homes. Buses resembled yellow submarines in the sudden surge.

In West Virginia, towns like Wharncliffe, Matewan and Gilbert bore the brunt of the pre-dawn cloudburst.

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