EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSHeavy Rain Leads To Flooding In Kanawha County
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Reported by: Katy Brown
Web Producer: Heath Harrison
Reported: Jul. 7, 2013 5:29 PM EDT
Updated: Jul. 8, 2013 3:27 AM EDT
Charleston, St. Albans , Kanawha County , West Virginia
Fast bursts of rain Sunday morning created flash flooding problems once again for the Eyewitness News viewing area.
Rain started falling just before 9 a.m. Storm sewers were quickly overwhelmed, drains filled up and creeks rushed out of their banks.
Huntington picked up the most rain, with over an inch and a half recorded.
High waters fell within a few hours, but homeowners were left with water, mold and a big mess to clean up.
In Kanawha County, the heavy rainfall caused water to pool up and rise.
For the past few weeks, Mother Nature has brought the Mountain State more than enough rain.
Roads and homes in the county were starting to suffer because of it, as rain kept falling and roads continued to flood.
"Seems like every time, we have a problem,” David McCartney said. “We have flooding.”
People like McCartney have been forced to find new ways around town when they're out and about in the weather.
"Well, it is frustrating because I was going to go to a movie," McCartney said.
With roads blocked, it made keeping weekend plans a little more difficult.
It wasn’t just roads that were affected. Homes and yards in parts of St. Albans continued to be hit hard with high water.
"If we get another rain, it will happen again,” resident Jack Welch said. “I'm sure and my whole backyard is washed out."
Tuesday’s rain created quite the mess for Welch, and drains on his street couldn't handle the water.
More than a foot of water flooded his backyard, washing the ground away.
An as the rain continued, so did Welch's frustration.
"Where are we going to go next?” he said. “I told the wife jokingly, that I would put a ‘For Sale’ sign out there, but it would probably get washed away."
Travelers were left to find different routes and homeowners were left to clean up the mess.
Some think there has to be a solution to these problems.
"Get it rectified to where we don't have these problems," McCartney said.
The water went down within a couple of hours, but it will take much longer to clean up the mess Mother Nature left behind.
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