EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSRegion Recovers From Friday Storms, Flash Flooding
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Reported by: Mamie Buoy
Videographer: Tim Rock
Web Producer: Mamie Buoy
Also Contributing: Kallie Cart, Elizabeth Noreika
Reported: Jul. 12, 2013 8:10 PM EDT
Updated: Jul. 13, 2013 6:46 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
Storms rolled through the region Friday night, packing a punch with high winds, hail, and flash flooding.
Many around the area saw damage, and the hail storm destroyed a lot of one man's property in Charleston.
John Mooney lives in the Louden Heights area and said quarter-sized hail demolished his inflatable pool and left dozens of holes in it. It also ruined his garden of squash, corn, kale and cucumber crops. Some of them were left shredded.
"I've seen hail stones,” Mooney said. “Man, I've been all over Germany - hail stones and snow storms and whatever. Nothing like this."
Many streets and roads were covered with water as the storm rolled over the area.
Water flooded yards and underpasses in and around Charleston.
Much of Garrison Avenue was underwater and without power as those storms tracked through the region.
On Florida Street, a person had to be rescued for their vehicle.
Much of the Kanawha Two Mile area near Sissonville was under water as the rain swept through.
The water got up around some houses, and garages were flooded out, but the water fortunately did not get into any of the houses.
Several severe thunderstorms made their way through the Eyewitness News viewing region Friday night.
In the Kanawha valley, water rushed off hillsides, as heavy rain fell quickly and had nowhere to go.
On Cantley Drive, off of U.S. 119, the water covered a portion of the roadway and flooded a parking lot at the bottom of the hill.
A vehicle on Florida Street, on Charleston's West Side had to be rescued after getting stuck in high water in an underpass. On garrison Avenue, just off of Bigley Avenue, the road was closed because of high water.
Firefighters said a power pole was also knocked over on Garrison Avenue near Edgewood Drive. About 400 people were affected. Firefighters went through the water there to check on people trapped inside their homes. Several other people were waiting to get home.
On Newhouse Branch Road in Charleston, the entire road was covered in fast moving flood waters. Even though the road is on a hill, the water was still fairly deep, lapping up at mailboxes and covering road side barriers.
Sheets of rain caused high water on roadways in St. Albans. With the ground already saturated, it didn't take much for areas to flood. Hail also passed through the area, looking more like snow as it coated yards in South Charleston, Jefferson and Southridge.
Heavy rain and hail is causing flash floods and downed power lines and trees throughout the area Friday.
In Kanawha County, several water rescues were reported on Garrison Avenue, Florida Street and Kanawha Two Mile Road. Nobody was injured. The southbound lanes of I-77 were shut down for about an hour due to a mudslide near Eden's Fork.
In Roane County, water flooded several homes in the Kettle Road area. Dispatchers said the water has since gone down.
Eyewitness News has several crews in the area. Stay tuned for more information.
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