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Officials say flood danger has passed

December 10, 2013
By Tim MacVean - Staff Writer , The Inter-Mountain

ELKINS - Emergency management officials say they believe the region is out of danger for flooding, despite the weather forecast calling for more snow.

A winter weather advisory is in effect until 3 p.m. today for Randolph, Upshur, Barbour, Pocahontas and Lewis counties. The region could see 2-4 inches of snow, with up to 5 inches in higher elevations.

Tim Axford, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Charleston, said the snow shouldn't affect water levels, however.

"Even if the snow melts it shouldn't translate to much in the rivers," Axford said Monday.

Rain and snow blanketed the area for most of the weekend, causing some flooding, but officials say the water has now peaked.

Jim Wise, the Randolph County Office of Emergency Management director, said, "No, we aren't planning for any more flooding. If we see any rise, it will be negligible."

Wise said high water seen in Randolph may be misleading, because "part of the reason the water hasn't come down faster is because it is controlled and goes towards Belington and Junior and they can't handle anymore."

Jim Farry, the OEM director in Upshur County, said, "Barring a big downpour, we should be all right." The water is going up slightly with melting snow in Upshur but not to a point that is causing concern, he said.

"The water is still going up but is nowhere near flood stage," Farry said Monday afternoon. "It is less than 15 feet and it was as low as 11 feet this morning."

Barbour County OEM Director Cindy Hart echoed those sentiments, saying, "We are in good shape now but it was very, very close. We are fortunate that the water is going down as fast as it was going up."



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