The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

October 16, 2013

Flood control to be discussed at Rainelle

By Tina Alvey
Register-Herald Reporter

— An informational meeting dealing with potential approaches to flood control is scheduled for Rainelle Town Hall on Oct. 28 at 6 p.m.

Soil Conservation Service representative Dennis Burns will provide information on flood mitigation, including facts about the Meadow River Watershed and possible solutions to such problems as stormwater drainage and silt build-up, which is aggravated by erosion on creek and river banks.

“Water dominates the two problems I started working to solve three years ago,” said Rainelle Mayor Andrea J. “Andy” Pendleton.  “It looks as if in the spring we will finally have everything in place to begin the $2.6 million upgrade for drinking water.”

But flood control is a more difficult problem to address, Pendleton acknowledged.

She said various agencies have been involved in trying to help Rainelle, which is located in a “bowl” through which the Meadow River drains storm runoff from Alta Mountain and most of western Greenbrier County. Sewell Creek, Little Sewell Creek, Boggs Creek and Wolfpen Creek all cross Rainelle before draining into the river.

A proposal the town has floated with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers could result in as much as $100,000 in federal support for a study of the flooding situation in Rainelle, Pendleton noted.

“Solving Rainelle’s flooding is a complex problem,” she said. “Everybody is invited to come (to the Oct. 28 meeting) and help us try to find solutions.”

For more information, contact the mayor at 304-438-7191, 304-667-9233 or via e-mail at