Marlinton locals are no stranger to minor flooding

Pocahontas County
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MARLINTON, W. Va. (WVNS) — After several inches of rain early Monday, April 16th, 2018, the Greenbrier River jumped its banks in Marlinton, causing minor flooding.

Mayor of Marlinton, Sam Felton, said unfortunately, flooding is common for the area.

“[Flooding happens} more often than we like certainly. Marlinton has had some history of flooding over the years, ’85 and ’96 were the big floods,” said Felton.

Jim Kellison has an auto detail business right in the flood zone. After living through the ’85 and ’96 floods, he says this high water is something he is used to.

“I had a big flood in ’85, one in ’96, and four or five of these kind of floods, just where a little water goes in the door.”

Felton said after so much experience, locals know when to expect high water.

“When we have more than 2 inches of rain, we start keeping an eye out,” said Felton.

Thankfully, there have been no reports of injuries or serious water damage to people’s homes.

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