Floods hitMid-Atlantic again

As a storm system plowed eastward Wednesday, flash floods hit West Virginia for the second time in a week.

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIMORE | November 19, 2003


As a storm system plowed eastward Wednesday, flash floods hit West Virginia for the second time in a week.

West Virginia Gov. Bob Wise declared a state of emergency in more than a dozen counties Wednesday as the state's southern half was hit by flash flooding for the second time this week, according to Yvonne Shepard, public information officer for West Virginia emergency management.

Several of the counties especially McDowell County are still facing long-term recovery from last year's severe flooding.

More than four inches of rain fell in less than 24 hours in portions of the state.

Evacuation orders were issued in Hinton, some 60 miles southeast of Charleston.

Southwest Virginia also reported flooding, with three feet of floodwater inundating the town of Bluefield.

The severe storms which caused damage in Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi earlier this week were spawning high winds and flooding in the mid-Atlantic all the way south to Florida Wednesday.

High-water rescues were reported in West Virginia and North Carolina.

In North Carolina, evacuation orders were issued for parts of Transylvania, Ashe and Mitchell counties.


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