Rain causes mudslides, partial dam failure in Southwest Va.

February 12, 2018

BIG STONE GAP, Va. (AP) — Heavy rains in southwest Virginia have caused flooding, mudslides and a partial dam break.

News outlets report the partial failure of a privately owned dam Sunday in Wise County.

The dam failure provoked a voluntary evacuation order affecting 17 homes.

Across the county, Wise County Attorney Karen Mullins told the Bristol Herald-Courier that 75 homes were recommended for evacuation over the weekend.

In Lee County, mudslides caused several road closures, including a stretch of Highway 421 in the Stone Creek area.

In Big Stone Gap, the fire department said it had to conduct multiple rescues of motorists stranded in vehicles.

The National Weather Service said Monday morning it expected floodwaters to slowly recede throughout the day.

The region saw rainfall totals of four inches or more over the weekend.

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