Justice Declares State of Emergency in 5 Flood-Affected Counties

Jul 1, 2019

Overnight floodwaters washed away a section of this road between Job and Whitmer.
Credit Destiny Judy/The Inter-Mountain

Five counties in eastern West Virginia struck this weekend by flash floods were still assessing damage shortly after Gov. Jim Justice issued a state of emergency declaration Monday morning. 

As of Monday afternoon, Pendleton, Grant, Preston, Tucker and Randolph counties were all under a state of emergency after severe thunderstorms and flash flooding Saturday night.

The West Virginia National Guard deployed several soldiers to Randolph County Monday morning, which officials say was hit the hardest. According to Randolph’s director of Emergency Management and 911, the county’s water and sewage plant sustained significant damage, in addition to several bridges, culverts and roadways.  

“We had a lot of run-off from the mountains, which brought a lot of river rock down, and inundated roadways up to five feet, with rock,” Hart said. She estimates clean-up will take three weeks. 

Leaders from other counties reported other road damage. In Grant and Pendleton counties, there were instances of basement flooding, but no significant structural damage and no confirmed deaths. 

The state National Guard says its teams are working to deliver emergency supplies, provide transportation and assess damage. Emergency leaders say the counties also have received help from volunteer organizations and local fire departments.

In Randolph, Tyrand Parish is accepting donations for money and cleaning supplies to offset recovery costs.