CHARLESTON, WV (WOAY) – Gov. Justice took time out of Monday’s briefing to provide more information on weekend flooding in Fayette County, which caused the Governor to declare a State of Emergency Sunday evening.
The Governor reported that the storm carried with it a large amount of hail and lightning, along with excessive amounts of rain that caused flooding in the Oak Hill, Minden, Scarboro, and Whipple areas of Fayette County.
“Multiple businesses and homes have been inundated with floodwaters,” Gov. Justice said. “No one has reported any loss of life at this time, but people have had to evacuate homes and they’ve had water damage and all kinds of other issues.
“Please join Cathy and I in keeping everyone affected by this terrible flooding in your thoughts and prayers.”
Swiftwater rescue teams from Oak Hill and surrounding fire departments were performing water rescues in the Minden area.
Warm Hands from Warm Hearts in Oak Hill is operational as a shelter for evacuees of the impacted areas.
The American Red Cross and WV VOAD were working at the Emergency Operations Center Monday morning.
The West Virginia Division of Highways had crews out Sunday and overnight into Monday morning. They discovered damage to a bridge approach on Old Minden Road and several roads have significant shoulder, ditch, and embankment erosion and are blocked with debris. Complete repairs will take approximately a week and a half, with crews working extended hours.