State of Emergency declared in Kanawha County due to flooding

By RealWV staff,

After two days of torrential rains, a state of emergency was declared by the county commission this morning.

According to Meteorologist Brandon Stover, this morning Kelley’s Creek west of Mammoth received 9 inches of rain, Slaughter’s Creek received 4-6 inches, and Hopkins Fork/Seth in Boone County received 8 inches. These amounts appear to be in addition to heavy rainfall in the prior 24 hours.

The Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office put out the following warning at 9am today:

“Emergency message from Kanawha County Residents in the area of Wet Branch Rd… Dry Branch Rd at Cabin Creek Rd are urged to immediately seek higher ground or evacuate if safe to do so due to flooding in the area. Do not drive through high water!!”

Boat rescues continue to be underway in Kanawha County. Residents are putting pictures of flooding up on social media. The flooding appears to have triggered landslides along steep elevations, filling up hollows with water and mud.

Witcher Creek above Glasgow. Picture by Mayor Don Fannin.

Mayor Don Fannin of Glasgow says his town is in good shape for now. “Kelley’s Creek in the Cedar Grove area is high,” he reports. “It’s bad.”

Stay tuned to RealWV for additional information as it becomes available.

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