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Roane County deals with more high water

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A second round of rainfall hit the flood-ravaged Spencer area Tuesday, causing some more flooding in an area hit hard last week.

U.S. 119 near Roane County High School was closed due to high water that washed away part of the roadway, according to a Roane County 911 dispatcher. Water was two or three feet deep on the highway.

U.S. 33 near Boggs Fork was closed by high water, but was reopened around noon, according to the state Department of Transportation. W.Va. 36 near Vandale Fork and County Route 40 in Spencer were also closed by high water, according to the DOT.

High water was reported on several secondary roads as well, the dispatcher said, but the water seemed to have receded by 11 a.m.

Goff Run remained impassable in the evening because of a washed-out culvert. The dispatcher said six people were rescued by the West Virginia National Guard from a mobile home surrounded by water on Steel Hollow.

Dispatchers started getting calls about 9 a.m. about runoff causing localized flooding. The dispatcher said a couple of houses on Pike Street in Spencer were briefly flooded, and water backed up across Arnoldsburg Road.

Crews drained water off those roadways and many were expected to reopen Tuesday night, Spencer Mayor Terry Williams said.

Tuesday afternoon, Williams and emergency workers met with Federal Emergency Management Agency personnel, who were beginning an initial damage assessment. 

They would meet again before FEMA would determine if Roane County qualifies for federal relief.

Most of the heavy rainfall had passed by late morning, and dispatchers did not expect more serious flooding. The National Weather Service in Charleston issued a flash flood warning for the Spencer, Reedy and Gandeeville areas on Tuesday morning, but those expired at 11:30 a.m.

Spencer and the surrounded area was inundated with high water on Thursday. Flooding affected about 150 homes in the area. Tuesday's flooding came as a surprise for residents still cleaning flooded homes and yard. Many had to restart their efforts, Williams said.

"Last week's flood water reached about the sixth or seventh step of a home," he said. "[Tuesday's] water got to about the third step of that house."

The Roane County National Guard Armory is still open for residents to sleep, eat and take showers, Williams said.

"It has not been a very happy time for the past few days, but were going to get through this," he said.

Reach Rusty Marks at rustymarks@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1215. Reach Travis Crum at travis.crum@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5163.


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