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Roane County 911 center evacuated due to flooding

Jun. 13, 2013 @ 05:35 PM

SPENCER, W.Va. — 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.

“Our National Guard members are ready and able to assist the local community members in their time of need,” said National Guard Maj. Gen. James A. Hoyer.  “We will continue to work with local responders to ensure people are taken care of.”

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

The National Weather Service said the Spencer area received up to 3 inches of rain in a 12-hour period ending at noon Thursday.

Statewide, the storms left about 40,000 utility customers in the state without electricity.