flood relief

Much of southern Upshur County is under a flood warning issued by the National Weather Service Thursday afternoon.

“At 2:28 p.m., Doppler radar indicated thunderstorms producing heavy rain across the warned area,” according to the NWS office in Charleston. “Up to two inches of rain have already fallen, with an additional inch possible. Flash flooding is expected to begin shortly.”

In Upshur County, the warning specifically notes the Rock Cave, French Creek and Tallmansville areas as locations that could experience flooding. The warning expires at 5:30 p.m.

“In hilly terrain there are hundreds of low water crossings which are potentially dangerous in heavy rain,” according to the NWS. “Do not attempt to cross flooded roads. Find an alternate route.

“It is important to know where you are relative to streams, rivers, or creeks which can become killers in heavy rains. Campers and hikers should avoid streams or creeks.”

All of Upshur County is under a less severe flash flood watch through 8 p.m. Thursday. Rain is expected to continue through the night, tapering off Friday.