(01/25/2002)

Members of the Spencer-Roane VFD on alert, Chief Rob Miller (center)

High water closed most roads leading out of Spencer yesterday and caused Roane County schools to be closed. Flood water from Spring Creek spilled out of banks in the flood prone Alvord section of the town, entering several dwellings and submerging vehicles.

Rainfall during the night ran off ground which was already soaked by melting snow, causing a Flash Flood Warning to be issued across the region and parts of West Virginia.

Cars and trucks submerged in Alvord section

TV cameraman "shoots" Spring Creek floodwaters

Water covers Spencer Middle School field

The Spencer-Roane Volunteer Fire Department and other emergency services were placed on alert at 6:30 a.m. and assisted some residents in evacuation.

Water closed William's Drive, the access road to Wal-Mart for about two hours.

The rapid rise was followed by declining water by mid-morning, with few serious problems reported. Rain subsided by 8:30 a.m. Reedy did not reach its usual potential for flooding.

Alvord section has long history of flooding

The Little Kanawha River is out of banks, a crest is expected at midnight Thursday. A Chevy Camero belonging to Cathy Godfrey on lower Pine Creek was washed from its parking spot early Thursday morning. The vehicle went down Pine Creek and completely submerged.

Calhoun schools operated yesterday, with buses unable to access selected areas, including Henry's Fork along the Calhoun-Roane line, which was covered by water in several places. High water was reported on the lower West Fork, Annamoriah, Pine Creek, Rush Run, Crummies Creek and other areas.


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