The Mingo County Commission (MCC) is urging all Mingo County residents to exercise extreme caution due to the flooding that has occurred throughout the county this weekend.
According to a release issued by the commission, all three commissioners – Thomas Taylor, Diann Hannah and Gavin Smith – have been working around the clock taking calls from concerned residents, driving to affected areas, and keeping in touch with state and local officials. The MCC is working with the Mingo County Office of Emergency Services (OES) to monitor the situation.
As of noon, residents were experiencing power and water outages in addition to flooding and mudslides. Major roads such as U.S. 52 and Route 65 are blocked in multiple places, the release stated. Smith reported that the north lane of U.S. 52 near Hampden Coal’s No. 8 operation was blocked, but the south lane was open.
Hannah reported water in the road in the Varney area near the former Jay Michael Mart and on U.S. 52 in Williamson at the entrance of Moore and Peter streets.
Taylor said a one-lane bridge washed out in the Boy Scout Camp area of Ragland, but a crew was on scene to deal with the situation.
According to a Mingo County 911 dispatchers, Route 49 is blocked in multiple places.
MCC President Thomas Taylor is encouraging residents in emergency situations to call 911, but says those in non-emergency situations, but still in need, may contact him personally at 304-807-0891, Hannah at 304-784-5695 and Smith at 304-784-0882.
Taylor said that all three commissioners have been in touch with representatives from West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice’s office as well as the West Virginia Department of Highways in an attempt to keep state-level officials informed of the Mingo County situation and receive updates on road conditions throughout the county.
J.B. Heflin, manager of the Mingo County Public Service (PSD), said several hundred water and sewer customers are currently without water, but crews are actively searching for washed out lines and making repairs. Heflin said that due to a power outage in the Naugatuck area, PSD customers with water outages were not able to report outages, but now that power has been restored, he fully expects to receive continued reports of water issues.
“We want all of our residents to stay safe and know that they can contact us if they need anything,” Taylor stressed.