Flooding leads to state of emergency in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WTAP) - UPDATE: 02/18/18 12:00 A.M.

Gov. Jim Justice has issued a state of emergency for West Virginia's 55 counties due to flooding.

Justice issued the state of emergency early Saturday after heavy rain triggered flooding in multiple locations. The National Weather Service says rain mixed with snow was falling in northern West Virginia on Saturday. Precipitation is expected to continue throughout the weekend.

The State Emergency Operations Center is on enhanced watch status. The National Guard has been put on stand-by for potential mobilization to help emergency agencies.

Rain has caused small streams and creeks to flood. Rock slides and road closings have been reported.

Weather officials say the West Fork, Tiger Valley, Little Kanawha, Buckhannon and Monongahela rivers were cresting Saturday. Much of the Ohio River was expected to crest Sunday into Monday.

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ORIGINAL STORY: 02/17/18 10:37 A.M.

Gov. Jim Justice declared a state of emergency early Saturday for all 55 West Virginia counties because of heavy rain that is causing flooding in many locations across the state.

According to a news release from the governor's office, the state's Emergency Operations Center is now on enhanced watch status. The center will be fully activated if necessary.

In addition, the West Virginia National Guard is on stand-by for potential mobilization to assist local and county emergency agencies.

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