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Heavy rains and rockslides close W.Va. roads

 

Charleston Gazette photo by Chip Ellis A boulder fell on the southbound lanes of Interstate 77 just north of Charleston on Wednesday morning. No one was injured, and southbound lanes were briefly closed.
Charleston Gazette photo by Chip Ellis
A boulder fell on the southbound lanes of Interstate 77 just north of Charleston on Wednesday morning. No one was injured, and southbound lanes were briefly closed.

By Rusty Marks

Charleston Gazette

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Some areas were flooded, schools closed and roads blocked by high water and rockslides today.

The southbound lanes of Interstate 79 just north of Charleston were briefly closed by a boulder that fell around 11 a.m. Flooding, or the threat of flooding, closed two dozen school systems and led to traffic tie-ups around the state.

Roane County Emergency Services Director Melissa Gilbert said parts of Spencer were flooded Wednesday, and Main Street in Reedy was under water.

“It wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be,” Gilbert said. “We don’t have any reports of water in people’s homes.”

Three roads in Roane County — Andy Fork, Big Creek and Chase Road — were washed out, according to the state Division of Highways. Liverpool Road was blocked by high water, but Gilbert said U.S. 119 and W.Va. 36 — the major roads through Roane County — were open.

Thousands of Appalachian Power customers were without electricity in the morning. That number was down to more than 1,700 by 5 p.m., including nearly 1,000 in Cabell County, according to the company’s website…

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