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Kanawha residents advised to keep eye on creeks and streams for possible flooding

Kanawha County officials are advising residents who live in areas prone to high water to keep an eye on creeks and streams. (WCHS/WVAH)

Kanawha County officials are advising residents who live in areas prone to high water and flash flooding to monitor creeks and streams and be prepared to take action if a flood warning or emergency are issued.

The advisory from the county commission comes as a flash flood watch is in effect in the county through early Saturday morning. About 1.5 to 3.5 inches of rain is likely across the flood watch area.

Heavy rain is expected to begin late Friday evening and could overwhelm creeks and streams. Flooding in streets of urban areas also is possible.

County officials said some road closures will be likely overnight and early Saturday morning. Motorists are reminded not to try to drive through high water.

While the weather is not expected to be as severe as it was a year ago during historic flooding, residents are advised to stay vigilant.

The Kanawha County Emergency Operations Center will be staffed beginning Friday evening to coordinate emergency response.

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