Weekend weather recap

Karissa Blackburn kblackburn@civitasmedia.com

August 26, 2014

Heavy rainfall that started Friday afternoon and continued until after midnight caused flash flooding problems throughout parts of the region.

High winds toppled trees at Chief Logan State Park in Logan County. Also, parts of Route 44, around Cow Creek, Rossmore and Omar were closed down to vehicular traffic. The flooding also damaged some water lines in the area and cut off drinking water for many citizens. Reports of bridges partially flooded off and mudslides around the county have also surfaced.

In Mingo County several areas off of Corridor G including Riffe Branch, Day Starr Road, Duncan Fork and the Myrtle area were hit hard. Reports of rock and mud slides came from Scarlett Road and some high water on Gillman Drive.

Many ditches in both counties overflowed causing water to pond on roadways and runoff also made many roads one lane.

Anywhere from 2 to 4 inches of rain fell in a short amount of time causing streams to overrun their banks. The rain finally subsided early Saturday morning.

“There was not a whole lot of damage up this way,” Omar Area Crime Watch Director Larry Rogers said. “Some people got water in their heat pumps and, I think up Cow Creek way, there were some private bridges washed out. Lots of mud to clean up off some roads.”

Rogers also said there were lots of creek banks which were eroded from the rain waters and high creeks.

The damage was significant but not detrimental to most. In general, those affected in Logan County are recovering quickly. It appears as though Mingo County got the worst of the storm. A public assistance center was set up in Mingo at Mike’s Harley Davidson on U.S. 119 and was open Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. where water and cleaning supplies were given to victims.

(Kyle Lovern of the Williamson Daily News contributed to this report)