Flood Warnings

Flash Flood Watch Issued for Some Hard-Hit Counties

Jul 3, 2016
National Weather Service

Sunday, July 3, 2016

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch on Independence Day in West Virginia. Some of the 21 counties under the watch experienced devastating flooding last month.

The weather service posted the watch from early Monday through early Tuesday, July 5. The watch area covers much of central and northern West Virginia.

The weather service said small streams and creeks would rise quickly if large amounts of rain fall in a few hours.

The worst of last month's floods were mostly in the southern part of the state. Three counties hit hard then and included in the latest watch are Clay, Nicholas and Roane. The two counties where most of the deaths occurred— Greenbrier and Kanawha — are not in the current watch area.

National Weather Service, Charleston

  Flood warnings have been issued as heavy rains move through West Virginia before giving way to significant snowfall.

Schools in at least 15 counties sent students home early due to high water and other storm-related issues Wednesday.

The National Weather Service says an ice jam caused stream flooding near Moundsville. A flooded creek poured over a bridge in Morgantown and swollen streams inundated roads in several other communities.

State transportation officials say a rock slide closed one lane of southbound Interstate 77 near the Jackson-Wood county line.