SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- South Charleston Mayor Frank Mullens said that drainage and sewer systems in the city are adequate and not to blame for the flash flood of Aug. 21, which affected sections of Rock Lake Village, Spring Hill Avenue, Oak Street and Kanawha Turnpike.
"We got 4 inches of rain in just 35 minutes," he said during a city council meeting Thursday evening. "No system can be made to handle that. It was devastating."
Mullens reported that many city officials worked around the clock to help residents clean up in the aftermath and went "above and beyond the call of duty."
There isn't a 100 percent solution to flash floods, but we always strive to make improvements and plan to tour the areas after an event to try to figure out where we can do better, he said.
"There just isn't a magical cure for flash flooding," Mullens said.
Urban deer hunting, as recommended by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources as a means of controlling the growing deer population, will begin Sept. 7 with two property owners participating, said City Attorney Michael Moore.
"Hopefully it will go on without a hitch and continue to expand," he said.
Council members voted to rezone property on MacCorkle Avenue at McDonald Street and Park Avenue "commercial" and make way for a possible Sheetz store, a 24-hour gas and convenience chain.