Flash Floods in West Virginia Prompts Dozens of Water Rescues, Destroys Two Bridges

Residents of two West Virginia counties were recovering from significant flash flooding that prompted dozens of water rescues early on Monday and destroyed at least two bridges, officials said.

Overnight, brown water rose swiftly in Kanawha and Fayette Counties, uprooting trees, engulfing cars and roads, washing out culverts and damaging at least 100 homes in Kanawha County, just east of Charleston, W.Wa., officials said.

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The rain began around 3 a.m. on Monday and two to five inches fell, said Megan Kiebler, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Charleston.

In Kanawha County, emergency call lines were bombarded with hundreds of requests. Emergency responders conducted 25 water rescues, said Jennifer Herrald, county manager of the Kanawha County Commission.

There were no reports of fatalities or significant injuries in either county.

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SOURCE: The New York Times, Christine Chung

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