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Flooding causes home and road damage; Mingo County, WV offering public assistance center

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According to Mingo County 911, there is damage to both homes and roadways due to flooding in the areas of U.S. 119, Route 65, and U.S. 52.

Mingo County dispatchers tells 13 News the Mingo County Commission has a public assistance center on U.S. 119 at the Harley Davidson shop.  

They will have this on both Saturday, August 23, and Sunday, August 24, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.  

This center is open to anyone in need of assistance due to flooding.  

The Mingo County Dispatch Center, Catholic Charities, the American Red Cross, and West Virginia VOAD are working in collaboration with the Mingo County Commission, as well as Mingo County Emergency Management, and Lenore, Chattaroy, and Delbarton Volunteer Fire Departments to assist in flood related needs._____


911 dispatchers in Wayne County, West Virginia tells 13 News that Route 152 in Dunlow is shut down and impassable until further notice.  Drivers are being asked to use alternate routes at Route 37 and Moses Fork in either direction.



According to the National Weather Service in the city of Jackson, KY, several other reports of damage came in out of both Floyd and Johnson Counties. They include in Floyd County:


-Spradlin Branch Road-Water was in homes and vehicles.

-Mays Branch Area-Homes flooded

-Main St & N Lake Drive were closed.

Dispatchers say all of these roads have been reopened.


-Creekside subdivision was evacuated near the confluence of Potts Branch & Abbott Creek.


-Partially washed out road at the junction of KY 979 and KY 1426


-Jenny Wiley Golf Course was flooded.

Dispatchers say only local traffic is being allowed to drive on the side roads in both Prestonsburg and Lancer.

In Johnson County, Highway 40 was reported to be impassable in Williamsport.

According to Gary McClure, with Johnson County, KY Emergency Management, a state of emergency was also declared for Johnson County, KY.  Several county roads suffered heavy damage due to flooding, and there was also home damage.  McClure tells 13 News that one home in the Caudill Fork area of Oil Springs, KY had two feet of water in it.

Damage assessment is still being done.


According to Bobby Carpenter, Fire Chief with the City of Prestonsburg, in Floyd County, Kentucky, both Floyd County and city of Prestonsburg suffered heavy damage due to flooding Friday night, and that Prestonsburg Mayor Jerry Fannin issued a state of emergency. 

Carpenter tells 13 News that three inches of rain alone came down in less than an hour at around 6:30 p.m. Friday.  

This rain caused an entire slab of Highway 1428 near the intersection of Short Branch on Abbott Creek to be washed away, as well as parts of Dobson Branch, on KY 302, to be washed away.

No injuries or fatalities were reported, however, Carpenter says that 35 water rescues occurred in Floyd County.  A shelter was put in place at the Floyd County Rescue Squad Headquarters.  Most of the people rescued, however, were taken to family or friends homes on higher ground.

Carpenter goes on to say that 125 homes throughout Floyd County were affected, but they only suffered minor to moderate damage.  30 of these homes were in the city of Prestonsburg.  The highest report of water in four of the homes in the Mays Branch area of Prestonsburg was four feet.  Carpenter says there were several homes in the Abbott Creek area of Prestonsburg that had about 2.5 feet of water.

There were also 10 businesses in downtown Prestonsburg that suffered damage, mostly because the storm drain could not handle the amount of rain that hit the area.

Carpenter says that crews are still working on cleanup, as well as damage assessment and utility repairs.



A spokesperson with Marshall University tells 13 News that some buildings at Marshall's Huntington Campus suffered water damage.  

These buildings include The Cam Henderson Center basement, as well as the Jenkins Hall basement, Smith Hill Parking Garage, Marshall Marching Band Practice Field, and the Drinko Library, both on the first floor and basement.  

Crews have been working all day Saturday, August 23, cleaning up the damage. 



Several places in the area experienced flooding after heavy storms moved through the area.

Flooding was reported in the following areas:

Catlettsburg, KY – At US 23 SB, up to three or four inches deep

Ashland, KYCentral Avenue

Huntington, WV
Fifth Avenue, three of four lanes were blocked

Huntington, WV – Intersection of 10th Street and 11th Avenue, up to 12 inches of water

Huntington, WV – Most of Fifth Avenue and Third Avenue was impassable

Huntington, WV – Fifth Avenue and 28th Street near Speedway, up to 18 inches of waterHuntington, WV-The 10th Street underpass and Saltwell Road between Washington Boulevard and Arlington Park were shut down due to flooding.

South Point, OH – County Road 1, about three inches of water

Dispatchers say all of these roads have been reopened.

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