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A year after historic floods, high water devastates West Virginia again

Flood waters rose once again in West Virginia, this time in the state’s northern Panhandle and north central region where recovery efforts continued.

Heavy rains fell on both areas late on 28th July and into the early morning hours of 29th July, causing flash flooding and landslides that damaged homes and businesses.

Ohio County in the Panhandle was still recovering from flash flooding that occurred the evening of 23rd July after 3 inches of rain fell in 36 minutes.

Bishop Michael J. Bransfield of Wheeling-Charleston offered his prayers and support for flood victims and for all those helping in recovery efforts.

“It is all too often that the good people of West Virginia are confronted with the horrific effects of flooding, and we now see this again,” Bishop Bransfield said.

“I am praying for the families and individuals who are suffering because of the floods and for those who are working so hard to help them through this terrible time. We ask God to help all those affected by the flooding and those reaching out to them. May God bless all of you.”

Picture: Men clear debris after flooding in McMechen, W.Va. As many as 400 homes and businesses in Marshall County sustained water damage. The worst of it was in McMechen, where runoff flowed down the hillside and flooded the town. (CNS photo/Scott McCloskey, courtesy of the Wheeling News-Register).