Governor Jim Justice of West Virginia declared a state of emergency for 55 West Virginia Counties. The Ohio River has been rising and flooding roadways and parking areas in Pittsburgh and south along the western border of W.Va., especially in Taylor, Doddridge, Marion, and Monongalia Counties, as well as the coalfield counties in Southern West Virginia.
Vehicle Accidents During Floods
According to FEMA, six inches of water is enough to cause a vehicle to lose control or stall, causing collisions. A foot of water will float many vehicles, and two feet of water is enough to sweep away a large SUV, bus, or truck.
Driving Through Flooded Areas is Number One Cause of Weather-Related Deaths
The number one killer during floods is due to drivers taking the risk of driving through a flooded roadway or intersection. Nine out of ten people who are in vehicles which are swept away by floods are killed, so turn around and don’t take the chance!
Register-Herald: Flooding Leads to State of Emergency in West Virginia