UPDATE: Fallen tree shuts down Route 12 again


Friday, June 19, 2020 11:30 p.m. UPDATE: (WVNS) — According to the Greenbrier County Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Route 12 is closed again. A tree fell near Alta Road and Rookstool Road just outside of Alderson.

Friday, June 19, 2020 10:00 p.m. UPDATE: (WVNS) — The Town of Alderson released an assessment report following Friday’s flash flood.

According to town officials, 2.5 inches of rain fell within an hour in Alderson. Mayor Travis Copenhaver declared a local state of emergency.

Officials said at least one water rescue was performed by the Union Volunteer Fire Department. Early assessments indicate at least 25 home were damaged on the Monroe County side of Alderson. Crews are still assessing damage on the Greenbrier County side.

The National Guard will be called in to help pick up flood damaged items from the Monroe County side of Alderson. Those items should be placed on the curb. They are working on a similar arrangement on the Greenbrier County side.

“The Department of Highways crew from Monroe County has been outstanding in dealing with the mud slide near the front gates of the Federal Prison Camp. In fact, all the local volunteer fire departments, town staff, police, and many others have stepped up to help get a handle on this situation. We are just grateful that there were no serious injuries,” Mayor Copenhaver said.

The Alderson Volunteer Fire Department was already pumping water from low lying areas by 8:30 p.m.

Friday, June 19, 2020 9:50 p.m. UPDATE: (WVNS) — Governor Jim Justice also declared a State of Emergency in Monroe County due too significant flooding.

Friday, June 19, 2020 9:10 p.m. UPDATE: ALDERSON, WV (WVNS) — According to the Greenbrier County Homeland Security and Emergency Management, both lanes of Route 63 and Route 12 are open.

ALDERSON, WV (WVNS) — A local State of Emergency was issued in Greenbrier County for the Town of Alderson following flash flooding.

According to Greenbrier County Homeland Security and Emergency Management, no residents are missing or injured, but there is damage to homes and buildings.

Route 12 and Route 63 are currently closed until further notice. There is also a landslide reported on Glen Ray Road in Alderson.

Video courtesy of Scottie Tincher. High waters sweep across Route 12.

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