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Several rivers expected to crest above flood stage

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Forecasters with the National Weather Service in Charleston are expecting at least two major rivers in the state to crest above flood stage today, and the threat of flooding has closed or delayed schools in 11 West Virginia counties.

The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning — meaning flooding is imminent — on small streams in Barbour, Braxton, Clay, Fayette, Harrison, Lewis, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Randolph, Taylor, Upshur and Webster counties until this afternoon. However, forecaster Nick Webb said flooding can be expected along some major rivers as water from smaller creeks and streams empties into larger concourses.

“We’re going to be dealing with river flooding north of here,” Webb said from his office in Charleston.

Webb said the Greenbrier River is expected to crest above flood stage today, threatening the community of Marlinton. “That’s the main point we’re worried about today,” he said.

Webb also said the West Fork is expected to crest above flood stage in Clarksburg today.

The jury is still out on the Tygart River…

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