Greenbrier Homeland Security and Emergency Management kept locals updated as the Greenbrier River was rising in areas, like Renick,Caldwell, and Ronceverte.
Dispatchers received a number of calls in the Blue Bend and Anthony Creek area as rainfall Thursday night mixed with debris and trees was enough to back up the creek onto surrounding roads and property.
As many of these residents saw catastrophic flooding in 2016, 911 dispatchers, like Hayley Bittinger, said they will always be ready to send help before the worst could happen.
“It’s rightfully so,” Bittinger said. “2016 wasn’t supposed to be how it was and you just never know what can happen especially with the weather constantly changing, and it may just start on their lawn but an hour or two hours later it could be more.
Locals living along these bodies of water wondered if anything can be done to prevent excessive flooding. Employees at the 911 center say it does not hurt to contact the Division of Highways or the Conservation Agency to see if they can clean out the creek bed, but nothing really can be done besides that.