McDowell Still Recovering from Flood


Although all roads are passable, emergency services in McDowell County are still working to clean up the mess after recent flooding.

Heavy rains Wednesday night washed away roads and flooded the Panther area in McDowell County. The Office of Emergency Services is actively looking for a location for residents to put debris.

Dispatchers say that the West Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, also known as WV VOAD, and the American Red Cross are actively determining which areas need service.

Dispatchers say about 100 people have been effected by this flood.

The McDowell Health Department will be offering well testing and tetanus vaccinations early this week. Emergency services say that exposure to flood water alone is not reason to get a vaccine. Only people who have not had a Td booster in the last ten years or five years if they have a severe wound.

Here’s contact information for services in McDowell County:

  • McDowell County Emergency Services: (304) 436-4106 or (304) 436-6900 | Facebook
  • McDowell County Health Department: (304) 448-2174 
  • American Red Cross: West Virginia Region: (304) 340-3650
  • West Virginia VOAD: Website |