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Severe flooding hits parts of Lincoln County; dozens of families trapped; 25 homes damaged

Water tower damaged in West Hamlin
Updated: Jun. 10, 2021 at 8:18 PM EDT
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LINCOLN COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) - Crews in Lincoln County are warning residents and travelers of high water Thursday night, with reports of at least 50 families trapped in the West Hamlin area due to a washed-out culvert.

Just after midnight Friday, Lincoln County 911 Director Allen Holder told NewsChannnel 3′s Tori Yorgey that 25 homes had been damaged in West Hamlin -- two destroyed. He also said a business, Dexter’s Body Shop, was badly damaged in West Hamlin.

Viewer Ashley Reynolds sent us this photo from West Hamlin.
Viewer Ashley Reynolds sent us this photo from West Hamlin.(Courtesy of Ashley Reynolds)

West Hamlin Volunteer Fire Department crews say a culvert has been washed away, cutting off access to more than four dozen homes who depend on a bridge to get out. West Virginia Division of Highways crews are on their way to the scene, and the American Red Cross has been contacted. Crews from the Guyan River Volunteer Fire Department are assisting.

According to county 911 dispatchers, roadways are covered along Route 10 and Route 3 on Hamlin Hill. They say roadways that stem from these roads are also affected by the flooding.

Severe flooding has hit parts of Lincoln County, including in the Hamlin area.
Severe flooding has hit parts of Lincoln County, including in the Hamlin area.(WSAZ/Tori Yorgey)

Dispatchers have also confirmed first responders are attempting to make water rescues. Viewer Seth A. Stowers shot this video, which he shared with WSAZ, of a rescue.

In West Hamlin, town recorder JoAnna Cardwell said the town’s water tower at the top of Hamlin Hill has been damaged. She said the tower is empty of drinking water, and the town is waiting on a service pump to pump floodwater out. Cardwell said town officials believe multiple residential lines are broken. She said they have to wait for the water to be pumped out for crews to assess the damage.

This is a developing story. Keep checking the WSAZ app for the latest information.

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