By Kyle Lovern
Heavy rainfall that started Friday afternoon and continued until after midnight caused flash flooding problems throughout parts of the region.
In Mingo County several areas off of Corridor G including Riffe Branch, Day Starr Road, Duncan Fork and the Myrtle area were hit hard. Reports of rock and mud slides came from Scarlett Road and some high water on Gillman Drive.
Anywhere from 2-to-4 inches of rain fell in a short amount of time causing streams to overrun their banks.
Acting Emergency Service Director Doug Goolsby was out on Saturday assessing damage to several areas of Mingo County.
As of Saturday morning it did not appear too many homes were damaged and the word “nuisance flooding was used by one EMS dispatcher.”
Neighboring Wayne and Logan Counties were also hit hard, while eastern Kentucky, especially Pike, Martin and Floyd Counties received high water.
Many ditches overflowed causing water to pond on roadways and runoff also made many roads one lane. There was high was on U.S. 52 near Burch Middle School and other spots along that route.
Media outlets reported that downtown Huntington had several streets, roads and viaducts blocked because of high water.
There were reports of multiple motorists stranded in high water in parts of Huntington and other areas of the region.
Cabell County 911 dispatchers say. They said a dozen would be a conservative
Parts of the Marshall University campus also were covered in high water, creating challenges for students returning for the fall semester this weekend.
The city of Prestonsburg, Kentucky, was among communities dealing with high water and flooded streets.
High winds toppled trees at Chief Logan State Park in Logan County.
The rain finally subsided early Saturday morning, but there was a chance of thunderstorms today. With the ground already saturated, EMS workers advised residents of the area to be cautious if anymore heavy rain falls.
Editor’s Note: The Williamson Daily News will have more on this developing story as news becomes available.
(Kyle Lovern is the Sports Editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2277 or on Twitter @KyleLovern.)