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Heavy Rains Bring Flash Flooding

June 27, 2018
BY LAUREN MATTHEWS - Editor ( , Wetzel Chronicle

New Martinsville Police Chief Tim Cecil said the police department, New Martinsville Fire Department, and New Martinsville Street and Water departments all assisted with flash flooding response in New Martinsville on Friday.

Cecil said the northbound lane of the four lanes in New Martinsville was closed for more than two hours Friday. This caused traffic on the bridge to Ohio to become congested. As of Friday, at around 9:30 p.m., Cecil said the roadways were clear except for water lying along the edges. He did express worry though that storms forecasted for later that night could cause problems once more.

During Route 2 road closures, Sergeant Steve Kastigar and Patrolman Courtney South redirected traffic to the New Martinsville Hydro Drive. After the department's shift change, Sergeant Don Larsen and Patrolman Michael Owens took over traffic duties.

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Pictured is a large sink hole that formed at a New Martinsville residence Friday evening, as a result of heavy rains.

Chief Cecil said a large sinkhole did form at Neubauer Drive. He said the hole measured 10 by 10 feet; he said the hole had taken out sections of a resident's fence, dropping it into the ground. Cecil speculated the pipe underground could not hold the amount of water flow.

Chief Cecil said there were no water rescues as a result of Friday's flash flooding. He confirmed there were residences which took in water through drains. He noted one resident had water in her basement, her vehicle, along with her new furnace system.

The National Weather Service issued a Flash Flood Warning for Wetzel County as storm systems moved through, but it was lifted by 5 p.m.



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