CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Two area rivers had either exceeded or were expected to exceed their banks early Saturday, after heavy rains in the area for more than a day.
The Elk River at Clay exceeded its flood stage of 18 feet; it was at 19.5 feet shortly after midnight, according to the National Weather Service. Some homes in the area flooded, according to the weather service.
The flood warning from the National Weather Service for the Elk was canceled Saturday morning in Clay, but continued until Saturday evening for the Queen Shoals area in northern Kanawha County.
At Queen Shoals, the Elk crested at 20.5 feet shortly before 10 a.m. It is expected to peak in the Elkview area between noon and 1 p.m. and flooding in low-lying areas is still possible, although the worst of the danger may have passed, a Kanawha County Metro 911 dispatcher said.
"We'll see some encroachment in low-lying areas," the dispatcher said just after 11 a.m., "But everything should be dwindling down."
Emergency responders rescued a woman who had driven through high water on the 700 block of Ferrell Road in Tornado just after 7 a.m. Saturday, according to a Metro 911 dispatcher. There were no injuries.
Emergency responders also rescued someone from the water on Thorofare Road in Clendenin shortly after 6 a.m. Saturday, a dispatcher said.
In the St. Albans area, the Coal River was expected to crest Saturday afternoon at 23.5 feet, below its 25-foot flood level, according to the weather service.
No injuries or major property damage had been reported in Kanawha County, the dispatcher said, but the high water was widespread. "It's all over [the place] right now," he said.
Also, the Tygart Valley River was expected to flood at Philippi and Belington late Saturday morning, as well as Opequon Creek near Martinsburg, according to the weather service.
Heavy rainfall had already produced high water and closed roadways across Kanawha County and surrounding areas Friday.
By Friday night, the National Weather Service had issued a flood warning or flood watch for most of the state, including Kanawha, Putnam and Boone counties.
While the rain had mostly slowed by late Friday, sleet and scattered snow showers were expected overnight, with a 30 percent chance of snow projected for Saturday, according to the weather service.