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Crews from all over assist Roane County in time of need

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When a state of emergency is issued after devastating events like Thursday's flooding in Roane County, everyone seems to pitch in to help. 

"People come together.  They share their resources and communicate.  That's what's gone on here today," said Capt. D. L. Lemmon with the West Virginia State Police.

When the Roane County 911 Center had to close its doors after the flood waters rose, calls were transferred through Jackson County's 911 Center, and then re-routed to Kanawha County's mobile command center.

Capt. Lemmon said, "They've leant their resources out here with a mobile command post to help sustain Roane County.  So, thank you very much."

Wirt County emergency crews were there to assess the damage and help.  

Kanawha County teams were called to the scene to assist with dangerous water rescue.  

At least nine water rescues were performed Thursday for neighbors in need of assistance.

"We ran some, EMS and fire ran some, and law enforcement.  I think everyone ran them at the time," said Chief Kevin Clendenin of the Clendenin Fire Department.

Capt. Lemmon said, "Everyone has picked up a portion of the load, if you will, and continued to move forward."


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