Major route in Barboursville affected by flooding

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CABELL COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A major route through Barboursville has taken on water and is causing problems for drivers.

High water has caused lane closures on Route 60 in Barboursville Thursday morning.

The flooding is affecting U.S. 60 at the intersection of Main Street. Both eastbound lanes heading toward Tanyard Station are closed.

Village of Barboursville officials say the Guyandotte River isn't expected to crest until Saturday.

One westbound lane is currently closed, but the other lane is still open to drivers.

"If you have a small car, it's deep enough to get into your doors especially in the lane closest to the hillside," said Barboursville Mayor Chris Tatum.

This is not the first time the intersection has flooded. In recent years, water has covered all lanes of U.S. 60 at that same spot.

Officials with the village of Barboursville say they are staying in contact with crews from the West Virginia Division of Highways to monitor the situation.

Officials say, eventually they may have to shut down all lanes of traffic if the water continues to rise.

"Unfortunately you can't control the weather," said Barboursville Police Chief Daren McNeil. "Basically people are just going to have to be neighborly and take their time and be patient."

There are several alternate routes drivers can take to get around. If you need to get into Barboursville, you can get off U.S. 60 at Farmdale Road and then take Main Street through Barboursville and get back off at Route 60.

Drivers can also take I-64 and get off at 29th Street or Merritts Creek to get to their destination.

Tatum says the road being closed is a minor inconvenience to keep everyone safe.

"The ultimate goal here is public safety, just keep the word out constantly until the problem is gone which is when the river crests and the water starts receding," Tatum said.

McNeil says it's possible the entire road won't reopen until Saturday.

Tatum says they will be keeping in contact with DOH crews and will alert the public to any updates as far as the status of the road.

WSAZ will be checking in with officials. Any updates we get, we will post them here on WSAZ.com and the WSAZ App.