Cumberland Times-News

June 13, 2013

Area spared from severe weather

Roane County, W.Va., hard hit by floodwaters

Associated Press

— SPENCER, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia National Guard sent personnel to assist in Roane County after several inches of rain prompted flash flooding Thursday.

The flooding forced the evacuation of Roane County’s 911 center and closed roads in the Spencer area, said Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management director of operations Terrance Lively.

Lively said about five water rescues were conducted in the county Thursday morning. There were no injuries.

West Virginia State Police advised motorists to avoid roads near Spencer because of high water. About 20 National Guard members were called to assist in the town. Six military vehicles were sent to the area to make health and wellness checks. Four more vehicles were loaded with food and water.

Lively said 911 calls in Roane County were transferred to Jackson County.