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Heavy rain from Ida causes some flood issues in parts of region

WCHS Charleston/Huntington logo WCHS Charleston/Huntington 9/1/2021 ANNA MOORE, JEFF MORRIS, SHANNON STOWERS
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UPDATED: 5:30 p.m., 9/1/21

Road crews in Kentucky are working to reopen KY 59 by Wednesday night after a mudslide closed the road earlier in the day.

The road was closed about 7 a.m. at the 22 mile marker in the Vanceburg area after dirt, trees and rocks slide about 300 feet down the hillside about a mile south of the AA Highway, according to a news release from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

Officials said the goal was to reopen the road by 9 p.m. and maintain access for local residents while more permanent repairs are made in the coming days.

Utility crews were called in to remove lines so that the mudslide could be cleared, and by 1 p.m. trucks were hauling debris away from the area.

Officials said additional repairs could require temporary lane closures or flagged traffic in the are through the next week.

UPDATE, 1:51 p.m. 09/01/21

Many flood watches and flash flood warnings have expired, but some flood warnings remain in effect in West Virginia.

The National Weather Service in Charleston said a flood warning will be in effect until 4 p.m. Wednesday for urban areas and small streams in Barbour, northwestern Randolph County, Upshur County, southeastern Harrison County, southeastern Lewis County and Taylor County.

A flood warning is in effect until 3 p.m. for small streams in northeastern Braxton County and central Lewis County.

Meanwhile, a flood warning is in effect until 2:15 p.m. for small streams in southern Braxton County and central Clay County.

In Preston and Tucker counties and southeastern Monongalia County, a flood warning is in effect until 4:15 p.m. for small streams.

UPDATE, 12:30 p.m., 09/01/21

Many of the flash flood watches have expired in the region, but some warnings remain in effect.

The National Weather Service said flash flood warnings are in effect until 1:30 p.m. for Barbour County, northwestern Randolph County, Upshur County, southeastern Harrison County, southeastern Lewis County and Taylor County in West Virginia. Parts of Tucker, Monongalia, Preston and Marion counties are also under a flash flood warning until 1:15 p.m. Wednesday.

Central Lewis County and northeastern Braxton County are also under a flood warning for small streams and creeks until 3 p.m.

A West Virginia state emergency official said emergency officials were particularly keeping their eye on the Eastern Panhandle now for potential flooding issues.

Greg Fuller with the West Virginia Emergency Management Division said during Gov. Jim Justice’s coronavirus news briefing Wednesday that there have been some damage reports from flooding in the central part of the state.

Fuller said the National Guard has positioned assets around the state, and the state’s emergency operations center has been fully activated. He said state emergency officials are working with various state agencies and federal agencies.

They also are meeting with emergency managers in counties and have received a briefing from the National Weather Service.

Fuller said they are continuously monitoring the situation around the state.

Gov. Jim Justice said a state of emergency has been issued in all 55 counties,

“We have high water in lots of places in West Virginia,” Justice said.

Justice said officials are looking at trouble spots in central, northern and eastern West Virginia. He said there was some overnight flooding in Clay County.

Justice said swift water rescue teams are ready and are moving into the Eastern Panhandle.

UPDATED, 12:01 p.m. 9/1/21

Flooding was causing some headaches Wednesday in Buckhannon.

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High water was visible around multiple businesses in the Upshur County community, and the deluge of water was overwhelming some drains.

Caption: Clogged drains are visible in Buckhannon after the area is deluged with water. (WCHS)

Eyewitness News Reporter Bob Aaron experienced some of the hazards of flood duty in Buckhannon. He was putting on his rubber boots when a truck came by. The wake from the vehicle washed away his shoe.

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Flooding was causing issues throughout the region. In Kentucky, trees were downed on KY 59 at mile marker 22, south of AA Highway intersection in Lewis County.

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UPDATED, 9:57 a.m. 9/1/21

Braxton County school officials said inclement weather Wednesday was causing some issues for schools.

Flatwoods Elementary was closed, and students were being sent to Braxton County High School. Braxton County High School and Braxton County Middle School will be dismissed at 11 a.m., officials said.

Each elementary time dismissal time will also be adjusted to accommodate the early dismissal. Parents were asked to have someone available to meet young children at the drop-off locations.

UPDATED, 9:34 a.m. 9/1/21

Some high-water issues were being reported Wednesday in Braxton County.

The National Weather Service said high water was reported along State Street in the town of Gassaway.

Emergency dispatchers said some railroad tracks were reported to be washing away along Route 4 near the town of Gassaway.

A flash flood warning was in effect until 11:30 a.m. Wednesday for southern Braxton and central Clay County. Meanwhile, a warning for northeastern Braxton County remains in effect until 12:30 p.m.

UPDATED, 8:59 p.m.  9/1/21

High water is being reported Wednesday morning in some areas of Clay County.

Viewer Krechella Evans shared a video that shows torrents of water pouring down a roadway.

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The flooding in the video was in the Elkhurst area.

UPDATED, 8:34 a.m. 9/1/21

Clay County 911 reported there were two mudslides Wednesday morning on Route 16.

A large mudslide was reported about 8 a.m. just past the Hartland Bridge near the unincorporated area of Hartland, a dispatcher said.

The roadway was blocked as of 8:35 a.m.

A state Division of Highways has a crew at the scene and is working to clear the roadway, the dispatcher said.

Meanwhile, another mudslide was reported on Route 16, just above that slide.

ORIGINAL STORY

Heavy rain from Hurricane Ida, which has downgraded to a Tropical Depression, has moved into West Virginia.

A flash flood warning was issued for east central Kanawha, southern Clay, northern Braxton, northwestern Nicholas, Calhoun, Gilmer, Lewis, south central Ritchie and east central Wirt counties until 9:30 a.m. The National Weather Service said between 1 and 1.5 inches of rain have already fallen and more is expected. Flash flooding is anticipated for small creeks and streams, urban areas, highways, streets and underpasses. Poor drainage and low-lying areas will also likely flood.

A flash flood watch remains in effect for West Virginia, as well as parts of northeastern Kentucky and southern Ohio, through Wednesday evening, according to the National Weather Service.

Counties under the watch in West Virginia include Putnam, Cabell, Wayne, Mason, Jackson, Wood, Pleasants, Tyler, Lincoln, Roane, Wirt, Doddridge, Mingo, Logan, Boone, Harrison, Taylor, McDowell, Wyoming, Upshur, Barbour, Fayette, Pocahontas, and Randolph.

In Ohio, Gallia, Vinton and Meigs counties are under the watch. In Kentucky, Greenup, Carter, Boyd and Lawrence counties are under the watch.

Rainfall amounts of 1.5 to 2.5 inches are expected. Higher amounts of up to 4 inches are possible in northern West Virginia.

Tropical Depression Ida was moving northeast at 24 mph as of 6:30 a.m. Wednesday with 30 mph winds. Eyewitness Storm Team meteorologists say a four-hour window of no rain overnight into Wednesday helped give the ground some time to absorb the moisture. No storms have been reported. The heaviest rain was reported east of Charleston.

The Kanawha and Coal rivers will rise but are not expected to be problematic.

Drivers should use caution during their morning commute and watch for hydroplaning and poor visibility.

For the latest Eyewitness Storm Team forecast, go here, or download the Eyewitness Storm Team Weather App.

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