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B R E A K I N G N E W S !Water Rescues Underway
Reported by: Doug Harlow
Web Producer: Doug Harlow
Reported: Mar. 15, 2012 9:23 AM EDT
Updated: Mar. 15, 2012 4:57 PM EDT
Logan , Logan County , West Virginia
Widespread flooding is occurring in Logan and Lincoln counties, with many roads closed and homes impacted by high water.
Numerous communities in Logan County are dealing with significant flooding. Mud Fork Road near Verdunville Elementary was severely flooded. Mud Fork Road in Logan was also severely flooded. Other hard hit locations included Mount Gay and Verdunville, with a report of a mobile home overturned by the rushing water in the latter community.
Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College Logan Campus was flooded, with many cars in the parking lot almost completely submerged by flood waters. Water also was reported in the Emergency Room of Logan Regional Hospital.
4-5 inches of rain fell in a stripe from Dingess to Logan today. The lack of vegetation contributed to abnormally high runoff that rushed straight into area creeks and streams.
Also hard hit was the Dingess area of Mingo County, including Whitman Road. Several homes were reported as flooded.
In Lincoln County, where residents were just recovering from severe floods two weeks ago, more significant flooding impacted the communities of Griffithsville, Duvall and Yawkey. Duvall Middle School was cut off by flood waters for a time today.
Strong early morning thunderstorms rolled across the area, dropping heavy rain and large hail in some locations, in addition to producing frequent lightning.
Hail anywhere from pea to quarter size was reported in parts of Cabell, Putnam, Lincoln, Mason and Greenup Counties. In some locations the hail was thick enough to cover the ground for a time. Golfball size hail was reported near Winfield.
Heavy rain has also led to ponding on many area roads.
Despite the heavy weather, AEP is reporting few power outages as of 9:30 AM, with about 300 customers in the dark in Kanawha County.
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