Flooding leads to state of emergency in West Virginia
Feb. 17, 2018
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice has issued a state of emergency for West Virginia's 55 counties due to flooding.
Justice issued the state of emergency early Saturday after heavy rain triggered flooding in multiple locations. The National Weather Service says rain mixed with snow was falling in northern West Virginia on Saturday. Precipitation is expected to continue throughout the weekend.
The State Emergency Operations Center is on enhanced watch status. The National Guard has been put on stand-by for potential mobilization to help emergency agencies.
Rain has caused small streams and creeks to flood. Rock slides and road closings have been reported.
Weather officials say the West Fork, Tiger Valley, Little Kanawha, Buckhannon and Monongahela rivers were cresting Saturday. Much of the Ohio River was expected to crest Sunday into Monday.