Wirt County Cleans Up Storm Damage

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In Roane County, it was flooding...but in Wirt County, a "microburst" is blamed for downed trees and power lines that were being cleaned up Friday.

This NOAA satellite image taken Friday, June 7, 2013 at 1:45 a.m. EDT shows expansive cloudiness across much of the eastern seaboard of the United States associated with Tropical Storm Andrea. Heavy rain showers and thunderstorms will move off to the northeast with this storm. Another frontal system over the Mid Atlantic and Ohio Valley into the Lower Mississippi Valley brings rain showers and scattered thunderstorms. (AP PHOTO/WEATHER UNDERGROUND)

Updated: 6/14/2013 3:45 P.M.

On Thursday, Wirt County emergency management officials were concerned about rising water levels, but the Little Kanawha River and nearby creeks mostly stayed below flood stage.

As they found out Thursday into Friday, the problem turned out to be quite different.

They were looking at the damage Friday: trees that fell on or near homes on wells lock road, Wilson Fork and Pine Twist, and other county and secondary roads.

The winds that toppled these trees came with a line of storms which moved through well after sunrise Thursday morning.

"The original derecho that hit us at about 4:00 or 5:00 in the morning, that did very little damage," says "Bo" Wriston, Director of Emergency Services. "It weakened once it hit the Ohio River, and dissipated. We got wind and a lot of rain with that. It was the second line, at about 10:00 in the morning, that really did the damage here in Wirt County."

The Department of Homeland Security and the National Weather Service were both in Wirt county to look at the damage.

It's believed the winds were the result of a microburst, which, like a tornado, accompanies a thunderstorm, but can actually cause more damage than a tornado within a smaller area.

While figuring out the damage in Wirt County...Wriston is organizing volunteers to go to Roane county Saturday to help with the clean-up there.

If you're interested in joining them, you can contact him at 304-629-3735.
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The latest round of storms to cross our area is resulting in some high water and downed trees.

The Wood County 911 Center confirms some flooding and a tree down across College Parkway, just outside of Parkersburg.

The latest storm line moved through at approximately 11:00 Thursday morning. There were no reports of damage from the earlier storm shortly before dawn.

Major flooding is reported in Roane County. There is one street closure reported in Wirt County, as the 2300 block of Garfield Road was blocked by high water late Thursday morning.

Bo Wriston, Emergency Services Director in Wirt County, says, however, officials there are more concerned about Friday, when the Little Kanawha River and nearby creeks could be over their banks.

Wriston says the Little Kanawha was still 20 feet below flood stage as of Thursday morning, but that it could rise significantly, depending on the amount of rain the area gets Thursday.


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