Potential for heavy rain, flooding sends Wirt County students home early

ELIZABETH, W.Va. (WTAP) - Schools in Wirt County are being dismissed early Monday afternoon because of the threat of heavy rain and flooding.

A school-district spokeswoman says schools began sending students home at 1:30 p.m. The normal dismissal time is between 3:10 and 3:20 p.m.

The spokeswoman says the decision was made after the Wirt County Office of Emergency Services contacted school officials about the potential for more rain and flooding later Monday afternoon.

Schools already were closed today in nearby counties, including Calhoun, Doddrige and Ritchie.

The emergency-services office says on its Facebook page that the Little Kanawha River is expected to crest at about 31 feet about 10 a.m. Tuesday morning.

At that level, several roadways will experience high water. Those include: Anne's Run, Sonoma, Locke 5, Fish Hatchery, Riverside, and Newark roads. Route 47 at the Boy Scout Camp might also experience high water.

As of noon today, the river level was 22 feet.