City of Hinton is prepared for Florence

As Hurricane Florence looms in the distance, the Governor has declared a state of preparedness. The city of Hinton is doing just that… preparing for potentially severe flooding.

“Summers County has three rivers that run in it, into the city of Hinton, so we’re accustom to flooding” says Commissioner, Jack David Woodrum. His concern however, isn’t so much the river, as it is localized flooding. He said, “The way the storm’s coming, it’s coming up the Greenbrier River, which is not flood controlled, so as it comes up the river dumping water, it gives a chance for the river valley to get rid of that water as it moves upstream. It’s worse for us when it comes downstream.”

According to Woodrum, the Corps of Engineers and other government officials have been meeting daily to watch weather forecasts and discuss possible scenarios.

City officials are advising residents to stock up on bottled water and non-perishable food items, just in case.

Rachel Anderson

Rachel Anderson

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