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State of emegency declared for eight West Virginia counties due to flooding

Firefighters from Kanawha County assist in a water rescue in Marion County. (Kanawha County Emergency Management)

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has expanded the state of emergency to two additional counties for parts of Northern Panhandle and North Central West Virginia.

Ohio, Marshall, Wetzel, Marion, Monongalia, Harrison, Taylor and Tucker counties are now under a state of emergency after torrential rain fell Friday night causing significant flooding in the region.

Most of the region affected saw 2 to 4 inches of rain of a 12 hour period with some areas seeing much more. The West Virginia Department of Transportation reports 6.94 inches of rain fell just west of Thomas.

Saturated ground also played into the flooding. Northern West Virginia has seen a wet July. In Clarksburg, 9 inches of rain has fallen since July 1.

With water quickly rising overnight and into the early morning hours, emergency crews executed multiple water rescues. Firefighters from the Pinch Volunteer Fire Department helped with water rescues in Marion County.

In Ohio county, an 18-year-old woman was killed after being swept away in flash flooding earlier in the week.

Several roads in those counties are shut down as well.

Gov. Jim Justice has declared a state of emergency for parts of northern West Virginia with flooding from heavy rains.

Counties included in the Saturday morning declaration are Ohio, Marshall, Wetzel, Marion, Monongalia and Harrison.

According to the governor's office, state and county emergency officials are evacuating some areas and the West Virginia National Guard has been mobilized to help.

The National Weather Service reports that between 2 and 3.5 inches of rain has fallen over a flood warning area, including Morgantown, with many roads closed Saturday morning.

The service says rain is letting up but streams will flow over their banks through early afternoon.

The Wheeling Intelligencer and News-Register reports authorities recovered a body from the Ohio River they believe is a teenager missing in last weekend's flooding.

Several roads in those counties are shut down as well.


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