The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

May 8, 2013

Flooding in Monroe, and Greenbrier

By Tina Alvey
Register-Herald Reporter

— Small stream flooding in the Hollywood/Glace area caused officials to close all five Monroe County schools one hour early Tuesday.

Classes were dismissed at 2:30 p.m. at James Monroe High School, Monroe County Vocational Center, Mountain View Elementary & Middle School, Peterstown Elementary and Peterstown Middle School.

According to the Monroe County 911 Center, while the floods that were caused by heavy rainfall early in the week were expected to be minor, the high water did cause some school buses to be diverted from their normal routes.

There was also some flooding reported in rain-saturated Greenbrier County Tuesday evening.

A dispatcher at the Greenbrier County 911 Center said entrance and exit ramps from I-64 at the Harts Run interchange near White Sulphur Springs were water-covered by around 6:40 p.m. The Harts Run tunnel was also closed to traffic due to high water, as were the Caldwell and Tuckahoe tunnels.

The National Weather Service in Blacksburg, Va., reported that localized flooding was possible overnight in Greenbrier, Monroe and Summers counties, with the potential this afternoon in that same region of strong thunderstorms capable of producing dime- to quarter-sized hail.