CHARLESTON, West Virginia (WSAZ) – Road crews from the West Virginia Highway Division are dealing with damage quickly after a narrow strip of thunderstorms ravaged West Virginia in the afternoon and in Thursday evening.
The storms created areas of high water in Lincoln, Wayne, Jackson, Kanawha and Marion counties, damaged several roads and washed away several culverts.
In Lincoln County, whitewater washed the road around a culvert at the intersection of WV 3 and Bias Road near Hamlin, preventing road access to about 50 residents.
District 2 engineer Rob Pennington said DOH emergency crews reopened the road at 11:30 p.m. Thursday and plan to repair the damage to the asphalt over the next few days.
“We had three culverts that were washed away and suffered damage to the pavement,” said Pennington. “We are correcting these issues as quickly as possible. “
The flooding also caused minor damage to roads in Wayne County.
In Jackson County, downtown Ripley was hit hard by flood waters which quickly rose and then receded. District 3 Engineer Justin Smith said the high-water washed asphalt at the intersection of County Road 21 and US Road 33. The damage needed to be repaired quickly.
“The storm was really localized,” Smith said. Several roads and culverts were damaged, “But no one is stuck and we have no closed roads.
High water has closed a few roads in Kanawha County, District 1. Smith Creek and Coal River roads have both been closed due to high water, and high water signs have been posted on Browns Creek Roads and Strawberry.
District 4 maintenance engineer Aaron Stevens said stormwater clogged several culverts in Marion County and caused pavement damage at WV 21.
Several trees were also felled. All roads were open on Friday and crews were cleaning up the mess.
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