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Western Greenbrier County experiences flooding; Rainelle Community members reflect

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GREENBRIER COUNTY W. VA. (WVVA) - Some communities in West Greenbrier County are experiencing flooding.

Flood waters are expected to flow in portions of Greenbrier County.

Paula Brown, the Deputy Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management in Greenbrier County, said rainwater runoff is to blame for pushing creeks and rivers out of their banks.

"What we're waiting on now though is all the water coming down from Pocahontas County, the birthplace of seven rivers, that's going to come right down through Greenbrier County," said Brown.

Flood waters are a familiar sight for the Woodrum family in Rainelle.

Priscilla Woodrum, a Rainelle resident, said it brings them flashbacks of the devastating flooding in the summer of 2016.

"We lost everything, lost everything, the animals were fine, my brother thank the Lord, and my son was fine but we lost everything," said Woodrum.

The Woodrums moved into their new home this past October, after finding support from a Methodist Church Disaster organization.

Now, the Woodrums said they are praying there is not a repeat of past flooding.

"It's awful, worries me, stresses me," said Woodrum. "I was up all night last night, most of the night anyways."

"It's very very very stressful," added Jordyn Johnson, Woodrum's daughter. "I'm just ready for it to recede down and get back to every day life."

The family said they have an evacuation plan in place, just in case they must seek higher ground.

This is something Brown said everyone who lives in a flood plain should have.

"You don't want to wait until the last minute and decide, 'oh I better leave," said Brown. "At that point a lot of times, you're better off just staying secure and safe in your place."

Emergency management leaders in Greenbrier County are continuing to monitor rising water levels on several waterways in the county, in case they need to call for evacuations.

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