Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

January 31, 2013

High water still causing problems in the region this morning, more accumulating snowfall expected tonight

By Kate Coil
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BLUEFIELD — Flooding and high water on roadways is still a problem across the region this morning with several roads closed for public safety.

According to the Mercer County 911 dispatch, high water has closed Rock Road near the post office in Rock at the intersection of Route 71 and Black Oak Road as well as roads in the Spanishburg area. High water remains on Hales Gap Road, Big Spring Branch Road, Kale Road, Jugneck Road, and on Lusk Hollow Road.

In McDowell County, Division of Highway officials said  River Road in the Yukon area as well as Three Fork Road have been closed due to high water.

Two roadways remain closed in Tazewell County due to flooding, according to a spokesperson with Tazewell County 911 dispatch. Old Kentucky Turnpike in Cedar Bluff, Va. as well as Amonate Road at the second railway stop between Bandy Road and the West Virginia state line remains closed this morning. Water is still on other roadways in the county including a portion of Route 16 known as Mudfork/Deerfield Lane, Davis Lane in Doran, Route 19 near the Smyth County border, Thompson Valley Road, Baptist Valley Road, Maiden Springs Road, Kirby Road, Red Ash Camp Road, Falls Mills Road, and Yards Road.

In Richlands, city police dispatchers reported several streets still have high water in the roadway including River Road, Allegheny Road, Page Street, Prater Drive, Shenandoah Street and East First Street.

Richlands Police Chief F.L. Dorton said some evacuations were made after the Clinch River crested at 3 a.m., reaching 12.5 feet, but that all residents evacuated from their homes had returned home as the water is beginning to recede.

“We still do have a lot of areas closed as the water recedes,” Dorton said. “Allegheny Street is complete blocked. Some of River Road and most of the roads running parallel to the Clinch River had some kind of standing water and are closed. We are advising people just to avoid standing water. With the water as high as it is, you cannot tell how deep or how fast moving that standing water might be.”

In Giles County, VDOT is reporting flooding conditions on Route 623 also known as Rye Hollow Road, Old Wolf Creek Road, Trivett Farm Lane, Ripplemead Road, Big Stony Creek Road, Lurich Road, Morehead Road, Patterson Ford Road, Old Furnace Road, Brickyard Road, and Big Rock Road.

Flooding is still an issue in some areas of Monroe County, according to a spokesperson with the West Virginia State Police Union detachment. Water has been reported in roadways including Route 219 near Rock Camp as well as around Union and the Greenville areas.

The National Weather Service in Blacksburg, Va. is anticipating flooding conditions to turn to snow for much of the region throughout the day. A winter weather advisory issued for Mercer County predicts between 2 and 3 inches of snowfall between 7 p.m. tonight and 4 a.m. Friday morning.