Flooding Possible Sunday and Monday Across W.Va., Especially in Mercer County, National Guard Warns

Sep 16, 2018

As rainfall from Hurricane Florence makes its way into West Virginia, Major Nate King with the West Virginia National Guard said the agency is monitoring the risk of flash flooding across the state over the next two days. 2-3 inches of rain is forcasted in the high mountains, and 1-2 inches is forecasted for much of the state, King said.

The area expected to see the most risk of flash flooding is Mercer County, because of its close promixity to the New River in Virginia, which is expected to crest at 19.5 feet Tuesday at 1 p.m.

Mercer County is under a flash flood watch all day Sunday and Monday.

At a news briefing Sunday afternoon, the West Virginia National Guard announced they have equipment and resources ready to deploy for rescues in southern W.Va., if severe flooding does occur. 

The agency may also deploy resources to North and South Carolina next week to help with flood recovery efforts.

At this time, flooding from the Potomac River is not expected to be as significant as it was last week, but the WVNG is monitoring flooding there as well.