The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

September 21, 2013

Sections of Route 60 closed due to flooding

Register-Herald Reporter

BECKLEY — Water measuring up to 2 feet deep flooded several sections of U.S. 60 Friday morning, leading emergency officials to close a stretch of the roadway in western Greenbrier County.

The road was closed just before noon Friday between Sam Black and Charmco, according to Al Whitaker, director of the Greenbrier County Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency.

As the water level dropped, the road reopened about 1:15 p.m.

Several hours of heavy rainfall resulted in rising levels in the county’s rivers and streams, although no major flooding has yet been reported, Whitaker said. “Fire departments are checking individual houses to make sure people are out of the way of any flooding,” Whitaker said around noon Friday.

He said at that time he was still trying to verify that a couple of houses were isolated by floodwaters to the extent that the residents had to be evacuated by boat.

Skies had cleared by early Friday evening, but more rain is forecast for today.