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Flooding closes streets in Ripley, enters church

A number of water rescues took place
Updated: Jun. 10, 2021 at 10:42 PM EDT
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RIPLEY, W.Va. (WSAZ) – Flash flooding has hit parts of Jackson County hard Thursday night, especially the Ripley area, first responders say.

The Ripley Volunteer Fire Department says closed streets include Clay Lick, Walters Run, and Sheriff’s Drive.

NewsChannel 3′s Brendan Tierney was live at the scene late Thursday night and said as much as 4 to 5 feet of water covered those roadways earlier. He said the water was receding, but it caused damage to some road surfaces. He also reported “a number” of water rescues from cars. It appears no one was hurt.

Crews were dealing with plugged storm drains from all the water and debris.

Tierney also said Ripley Pentecostal Church was damaged by floodwaters. The pastor there told him the church was hit by flooding on Wednesday, too.

Viewer Pamela Hitt shared this video with us earlier in the evening from the area:

We are working to get more details.

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