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Flooding: WVDOT announces road closures in Greenbrier County

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NEW:  THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BLACKSBURG HAS ISSUED A FLOOD WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF NORTH CAROLINA...VIRGINIA AND SOUTHEAST WEST VIRGINIA...INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING AREAS...TAZEWELL...BLAND...GREENBRIER...MERCER...MONROE AND SUMMERS COUNTIES THROUGH THIS EVENING. AN ADDITIONAL HALF INCH TO AN INCH OF RAIN IS EXPECTED TO PASS ACROSS AREAS WHICH RECEIVED HEAVY RAIN WITHIN THE PAST 48 HOURS. LOCALLY HEAVY RAIN MAY RESULT IN RENEWED FLOODING IN THESE AREAS. THE MAIN THREAT WILL BE FLOODING ALONG CREEKS, STREAMS AND RIVERS...ALTHOUGH ISOLATED FLASH FLOODING COULD OCCUR ALONG STEEPER TERRAIN.

A FLOOD WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR FLOODING BASED ON CURRENT FORECASTS. YOU SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE ALERT FOR POSSIBLE FLOOD WARNINGS. THOSE LIVING IN AREAS PRONE TO FLOODING SHOULD BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION SHOULD FLOODING DEVELOP.

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The West Virginia Department of Transportation announced on Wednesday, May 8 that two roads in Greenbrier County have been closed due to high water.  The first is CO 050/00 also called Tuckahoe Run Bridge.  The other is CO 039/05 also known as Summit Lake Road.

 


NEW: Heavy rain continues to fall throughout the region as an area of low pressure passes over us. 2" to 4" of rain has fallen in most areas over the past 48 hours with spots in eastern Greenbrier county seeing close to 6". The Greenbrier River in Alderson and Hilldale is running near flood stage and is expected to rise. According to the National Weather Service the Greenbrier River is expected to crest BELOW flood stage this afternoon. This is per the Wednesday morning forecast. The river is being closely monitored and updates to this river forecast will be issued throughout the day.

 

The heavy rain could continue through midmorning then is expected to taper off quite a bit. Then we could see spotty showers and a few storms this afternoon with brief heavy downpours.

Check back for updates on the river forecast throughout the day.

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At 10:50pm, the general Flood Warning for Greenbrier County has been extended until 8:45am due to up to 5 inches of rain in the past two days and the continued light rain and runoff of water into area streams and creeks on top of the high water on the Greenbrier River.  

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Just before 10 p.m. the National Weather Service issued a Flood Warning until Wednesday night for the Greenbrier River in Greenbrier, Summers and Monroe counties.  The river at Alderson should rise to a foot above flood stage by Wednesday morning.  The flood stage is 14 feet at Alderson.  The crest should be near 15 feet.  At that level, the NWS says farm land along the river bank near the stream gauge is flooded.  The Greenbrier reached a level of 15.7 feet on January 31 earlier this year.  

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At 5:30 pm, the National Weather Service reports the exit at Mile marker 175 of I-64 closed due to water over the road and rain continuing in the northern portion of Greenbrier and Pocahontas counties where as much as 5 inches of rain has fallen.  

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According to the West Virginia Department of Education web site, Monroe County schools are closing at 2:30 p.m. due to flooding. 


The Greenbrier County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management reports that there is active flooding in areas around White Sulphur Springs on Tuesday, May 7.

59 News has received pictures from residents around the Tuckahoe tunnel that shows the tunnel itself is flooded.  Dispatchers said that Hart's Run and Monroe Draft are also reported to be flooding.  There are also reports of high water around the back entrance to the Greenbrier Resort.  That flooding is reportedly on Route 60 below the stockyard.

The Stormtracker 59 Meteorologists have been tracking several rounds of rain coming from the east through the past 48 hours.

"We have seen over three inches of rain estimated in some areas and perhaps as much as 4 inches in a few spots with all of the rain from this particular system, going back to late Sunday night," said chief meteorologist Spencer Adkins.

The storms are a part of what is known as a "cut off low," which is an area of low pressure that is removed from the normal steering winds of the jet stream, so it can linger over a region for a longer period of time than most systems of similar size.

"The center of this storm is to our southwest and if you think about the counter-clockwise rotation around a low pressure center, that is why the rain is coming from the east for us," said Adkins.

More showers are expected and more flood advisories are possible through at least late Tuesday night.  Another 1 to 2 inches of rain could fall in some spots, possibly causing more high water.

"The biggest concern of course is trying to drive through any low lying crossings.  We really discourage people from trying to drive through those while swift water is moving," says Adkins.

The current Stormtracker 59 forecast calls for fewer showers Wednesday.