UPDATE: Dozens of water rescues underway in Kanawha County

Published: Jun. 23, 2016 at 5:55 AM EDT
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UPDATE 6/23/16 @ 6 p.m.

KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Dozens of water rescues have been reported across Kanawha County.

Metro 911 reports there have 31 active high water rescues, all in the Clendenin and surrounding areas.

UPDATE 6/23/16 @ 5 p.m.

KANAWHA COUNTY, W. Va. (WSAZ) -- According to Kanawha County Sheriff's Deputies, several water rescues are underway near Jordan Creek.

Crews are on the scene.

We have a crew headed to the scene. Keep clicking on WSAZ Mobile and WSAZ.com for the latest information.

UPDATE 6/23/16 @ 12:15 p.m.

KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Heavy rain has caused some flooding problems in Kanawha County.

High water has been reported in Marmet, Belle and Chesapeake.

Water is now covering a portion of MacCorkle Avenue in Marmet, along with Lynns Creek Road. In Belle, water is also covering Quincy Dock Road.

In Chesapeake, emergency crews say high water is also a problem on Venable Avneue.

According to Metro 911, there have been no reports of significant damage in Kanawha County.

Drivers are urged not to drive through high water.

Nearly 6,000 people are without power in Kanawha County from Thursday morning's storms.


CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Heavy rain and high winds are moving into the Kanawha Valley.

Metro 911 reports a tree is down on Rocky Fork Road near Big Tyler Road. Dispatchers said it’s not on the road, but on the power lines.

High water has been reported along Kanawha Boulevard at Veazey Street. Drivers are urged to use caution in that area.

City crews are on the scene working to pump out the water.

In South Charleston, a tree fell on a house. One person was inside the home, but she was not hurt. The tree damaged the back of the house.

Wind damage has been reported near Cabela's in Charleston. The winds that blew through the area brought down one of the store's signs.

Several accidents have been reported in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 64 between Cross Lanes and Nitro. They appear to be weather related.

No injuries have been reported, but traffic is backed up in the area.

Another crash was reported at 6:30 a.m. on I-77 near the Greenbrier Street exit.

Just before 7 a.m., several crashes were also reported on Interstate 79 between Charleston and Clendenin. Dispatchers say drivers should watch for standing water.

As of 7:00 a.m., over 3,000 people are without power in Kanawha County. Just before 9 a.m., that number had jumped to nearly 5,000 without power in Kanawha County.

Several power lines are down on Coopers Creek Road in Big Chimney. The lines actually caught some nearby trees on fire. Power is out in this area.

Thousands of customers in Jackson and Putnam counties are also experiencing power outages. Cabell, Mason, Clay, Fayette and Roane counties also have hundreds of customers without power.

Kanawha County and City of Charleston Emergency Management personnel are monitoring the severe weather this morning in the event of widespread flooding or damage.

A severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect until 8 a.m. and a Flash Flood Watch is in effect until 6 p.m.

Emergency personnel are asking residents to take precaution and plan for additional travel time during their morning commute.

As of 7 a.m., Yeager Airport is currently open and operating on generator power.

According to its Facebook page, there have been several delayed flights Thursday morning due to lightning in the vicinity of the airport.

Keep clicking on WSAZ Mobile and WSAZ.com for the latest information.