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Storm spawns minor flooding

July 17, 2012
By Anthony Gaynor - Staff Writer , The Inter-Mountain

Heavy rains over the weekend caused some minor flooding throughout the city of Elkins, but no major damage has been reported. Elkins Operations Manager Bob Pingley said the drainage systems in some areas of town could not handle the amount of precipitation.

"We had some minor flooding in low-lying areas," he said. "South Elkins saw the worst of it."

On Saturday around 9 p.m., a heavy downpour overwhelmed the storm sewer system causing high water to accumulate in the streets, Elkins City Park and the U.S. Forest Service Building on Sycamore Street.

Sunday evening, heavy rains caused flooding issues again and several huge puddles of water formed on streets and roadways.

"There was a huge puddle at the intersection of Fourth Street and Railroad Avenue," Pingley said. "There is good drainage there, but the system was overwhelmed."

Pingley said storm water catch basins can only handle so much water at one time.

"There were a few flooded basements around," he said.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Dave Marsalek said while total rainfall amounts from the storms vary from location to location, the total estimate for rain over the weekend was between 2 inches and 3.5 inches coming down in short amounts of time.

"The nature of these storms were hit and miss," he said. "Heavier amounts were localized."

Marsalek said flooding issues were caused by the quick downpour that drainage systems could not handle.



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