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Fast Rains Lead To Flooded Roads in Marshall County

Photo by John McCabe A quick downpour Wednesday afternoon led to flooded roads around Marshall County, including along Big Wheeling Creek.

Roads around Marshall County became impassable Wednesday afternoon after bursts of rain caused flooding in multiple spots.

Marshall County Emergency Management Director Tom Hart said areas of the county received 1 to 2 inches of rain in less than an hour. That flooded roads in a usual problem spot, McMechen, as well as near Little Grave Creek in Glen Dale and along Big Wheeling Creek.

“The fire department’s reporting out there that there were some areas where the runoff on some of the ridges leading down to Big Wheeling Creek had the roadways covered at several different locations, from Caldwell Hill all the way back toward Elm Grove,” Hart said.

As the waters subsided, large piles of debris were left behind, which county workers had to remove to make the roads passable again.

The flooded areas along Big Wheeling Creek aren’t considered trouble spots, Hart said, but that water spilled down from the ridges. The speed and volume of the rain was such that Hart said the culverts weren’t able to keep up with it.

“It came up fairly quickly,” Hart said.

Hart said there were several inches of water on the roadways, but it was deep enough for drivers to be incapable of seeing the road underneath them.

Hart said a car that had broken down earlier Wednesday on Little Grave Creek was swept away when the flood waters appeared. The Marshall County Sheriff’s Department, Glen Dale Volunteer Fire Department and West Virginia Department of Highways responded to find no one in the car. The driver was later found safe.

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