CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Clendenin resident Cathy Elmore watched the water continue to rise Friday into early Saturday. While her house appeared safe from the swift-moving Elk River, her son, daughter-in-law, mother and granddaughter less than 200 yards away weren't as lucky.
"Around midnight, it was getting dangerously high," Elmore said. "So I made a phone call and said maybe we need to get mama and the kids over here."
Half an hour later, Elmore's family was in a truck, crossing the high water separating the houses. The family had a kennel full of puppies in the truck's bed that also made the trek across the rushing water.
Roughly 2 1/2 inches of rain fell Friday and Saturday, causing high water and flooding around the state, according to the National Weather Service in Charleston.
"We've been up all night," Elmore said. "We finally laid down and got a little sleep around 5 a.m."
She and her family have lived along the Elk River since the 1970s. Elmore moved into the neighboring home in 2000. They know to keep an eye on the river water rising.
"We've faced this before," Elmore said. "It's stressful. Once the water goes down, we have to fight the mud."
The Elk rose to nearly 20 feet at Clay, exceeding its flood stage of 18 feet. In Queen Shoals, the river crested below its flood stage at 10 a.m. Saturday.