Flash flood warnings issued for parts of West Virginia

August 21, 2022 GMT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Flash flood warnings were issued Sunday in West Virginia as heavy rain fell on parts of the state, weather officials said.

A warning was issued by the Charleston office of the National Weather Service for the towns of Madisonville, Chapmanville and Danville. It expired at 2:30 p.m., officials said.

Another flash flood warning was in effect until 8 p.m. for Middlebourne, Bens Run and Wick, the weather service said.

News outlets reported that parts of Boone, Lincoln and Logan counties received from 2 to 5 inches (5 to 12.7 centimeters) of rain as a line of heavy rain stalled in the region.

Some roads were fully or partially closed near Danville, WCHS-TV reported.

Sections of West Virginia flooded Monday after up to 5 inches (13 centimeters) of rain fell in some areas.

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice declared a state of emergency in two southern counties. The declaration in Fayette and Kanawha counties enabled the National Guard to respond to hard-hit areas.

Some people had to be rescued by water as the flooding damaged more than 100 homes, bridges and roads, the governor’s office said. Drinking water systems also were disrupted and more than 2,000 customers lost electricity.