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Portions of Tazewell and McDowell counties ravaged by Thursday’s flash flooding

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Friday, the Adria and Dry Fork communities in Tazewell County looked like a war zone. With bridges, roads, driveways and fences all suffering flood damage. While streets, sidewalks and yards were covered in debris and mud.

The Virginia Department of Transportation, Appalachian Power, and Asplundh tree company all worked to pick up the pieces of each community, while residents tried to help.

Many residents and crews worked to clear out the drainage pipes, which were clogged by the mud and rocks. With heavy rainfall expected into the weekend, this was an extremely important task Friday.

After the heavy rains passed on Thursday night, flooding crossed the state border into McDowell County, as overflow from the Dry Fork Creek in Tazewell County flowed downstream. This caused rapid flooding in the Berwind and Hartwell communties.

Dodge Durango submerged in the Dry Fork Creek
Courtesy: Tami and David Rasnake

This Dodge Derango was mangled by the flooding, crews had to pull it out early Friday. While community members of Hartwell were stranded because of a bridge to the main road being completely washed out. Residents of the Berwind and Hartwell communities say they have never experienced a flood as bad as Thursday's.

Overall, we are starting to see abnormally dry conditions across some of our viewing area. However, when the ground and soil is so dry, it can actually aid in causing flash flooding.

This is because the ground acts as cement. The torrential downpours come down so fast, that the soil can't saturate the water quick enough. This causes runoff into creeks, rivers and streams; which leads to rapid rises in water levels.

Brandon Lawson

Weekend Meteorologist

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