Fayette County rescue teams rescue 18 people and a dog from flooded homes

OAK HILL, WV (WOAY) – The Oak Hill Fire Department, as a part of the Fayette County Swift Water Rescue Team, responded to 14 water rescue calls on Sunday.

In total, the team rescued around 18 people and a dog from the Oak Hill area, but the team said the hardest hit area was Minden.

Oak Hill firefighter and swift water tech John McGinnis said they rescued seven people there to bring them to higher ground. 

“We brought them back up to the top of the hill and we had it set up with Oak Hill PD and several other organizations,” McGinnis said. “They were taking them to the Warm Hands Warm Hearts building. Mike Bone had a center set up there so everything worked out real well yesterday.”

The team also worked alongside the Fayette County High Angle Rescue Team. 

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Anna Saunders is a weekend reporter for WOAY. With a diploma from Princeton Senior High School and a mother from Fayette County, she is no stranger to the area. She received a degree in Media Arts and Design from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia and wanted to return home to start her career as a reporter.