CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Deputy Kanawha County Emergency Services Director C.W. Sigman said Rock Lake underpass in South Charleston remains flooded this morning, but roads blocked by flooding during last night's heavy rainfall are now passable.
"We have a lot of debris on the roads, but a lot of the areas we had trouble with last night are traversable today," Sigman said.
Heavy rains flooded many Kanawha County roads Wednesday night and stranded many residents in their homes. Usually, Sigman said, residents surrounded by water are better off to stay put if they are in a safe location.
"If you're in a high and dry spot, just because you're surrounded doesn't mean you have to evacuate," he said. Sigman said it's sometimes more dangerous to send rescue crews through high water to get to someone's home than it is for the residents just to wait for the water to recede.
Sigman also said emergency crews did several water rescues during the evening, mostly of drivers who unwisely decided to try to cross flooded roadways.
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