Watching rising rivers Sunday afternoon/night
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WCHS/WVAH) —
Heavy rain from Saturday into this morning swelled streams and creeks and closed a number of roads in southern West Virginia and Kentucky this morning. You can get the latest on that here: http://wchstv.com/news/local/several-roads-closed-for-high-water-rock-slides.
The steadiest rain is starting to exit to the east with more occasional showers expected this afternoon. However, the streams and creeks will empty into many rivers which will in turn flow downstream into the Kanawha and Ohio rivers into Monday.
Major river flooding is not expected...however there will be some trouble spots developing into tonight and Monday.
The river of main concern right now is the Tug Fork in Williamson.
It is already above flood stage and is now expected to crest around 32 and a half feet tonight. That level tends to flood the business section of Third Avenue at Harvey Street. This would be the highest crest since March 2015. The Tug Fork will get close to flood stage downstream near Kermit later tonight as well.
The Levisa Fork in Pikeville is also above flood stage and expected to rise another 3 feet from where it is at 10 A.M. That will cause minor flooding near the river.
Other rivers that are expected to rise significantly include the Guyandotte , Coal, and Mud. The Guyandotte river is now forecast to crest near flood stage tonight, reaching it's highest level since 2010. At that stage some of the Stollings area on the east side of Logan experiences flooding. The Coal river is forecast to reach around 20 feet at Tornado tonight. When that happens it usually means some backwater flooding will occur as the river level gets high. Coal River Road, Ferrell Road and Smith Creek Road near the Coal, for instance, typically close due to high water when the Coal River nears flood stage and that may happen again tonight.
The Kanawha will be rising quickly today as well, with a current crest expected around 23 feet. That will be enough to cover parts of the stage at Haddad Riverfront Park and Magic Island.
The Ohio will be running high tomorrow, especially from Huntington westward as the Kentucky and southern West Virginia rivers empty into it.