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Residents in ravaged WV brace for more storms

Photo for The Register-Herald by Jennifer Harnish A chain-link fence in White Sulphur Springs is filled with photos and memorabilia by workers helping with flood cleanup efforts in hopes the owners will claim the items.
Photo for The Register-Herald by Jennifer Harnish
A chain-link fence in White Sulphur Springs is filled with photos and memorabilia by workers helping with flood cleanup efforts in hopes the owners will claim the items.

BECKLEY, W.Va. — Cleanup efforts in areas ravaged by Thursday’s flood may come to a halt, as another wave of thunderstorms is expected throughout central and southern West Virginia today.

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch in 21 counties, including Fayette, Greenbrier, Monroe, Nicholas, Raleigh, Summers and Wyoming. The watch is in effect from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. in most counties. In Greenbrier, Monroe and Summers counties, the watch remains until midnight.

“Greenbrier and Summers cannot take any more rainfall,” said Robert Beasley, a meteorologist with the NWS in Blacksburg, Va.

Beasley said an inch of accumulation is expected in those areas, which would not normally prompt the issuance of a watch. But because the ground in many West Virginia counties is so saturated, the watch is being issued as a precaution.

“We’re not anticipating a repeat of last Thursday,” Beasley said, but he did encourage residents to be cautious…

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