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High water causes traffic issues in Putnam County, floods neighborhoods; trees downed

Heavy rain floods White Pines subdivision in Teays Valley.
Heavy rain floods White Pines subdivision in Teays Valley.(Courtesy of Derek Alexander)
Published: Aug. 3, 2021 at 8:37 PM EDT
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PUTNAM COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) - High winds brought down trees in several areas of Putnam County Tuesday evening.

Downed trees could be seen in yard after yard on Eleanor Circle behind George Washington Elementary.

Strong storms on Tuesday night downed trees in parts of Putnam County.
Strong storms on Tuesday night downed trees in parts of Putnam County.(WSAZ/Andrew Colegrove)

Luke Martin says he was giving his son a bath when winds picked up after 7:30 pm.

He says it began hailing, and later he heard a loud thump on his roof. He looked outside and saw a tree had fallen onto his home.

Winds also brought down power lines. Eleanor Circle was shut down until around 10:30 when crews cleared the scene.

The assistant chief with the Eleanor Fire Department says they took at least six calls of weather related damage but haven’t heard about any injuries.

PUTNAM COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- State Route 34 near Arby’s in Teays Valley is closed Tuesday night in both directions due to high water.

That’s according to Putnam County 911 dispatchers.

Drivers are being asked to avoid the area.

Dispatchers say trees are down across Putnam County following high winds and rains Tuesday evening.

Flooding was reported in some communities, including the White Pines subdivision in Teays Valley.

This is a developing story. Keep checking the WSAZ App for the latest details.

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