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Kanawha River rises after heavy rains

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Heavy rain in Boone and Jefferson, N.C., caused the New River to rise significantly, which in turn forced the Kanawha to rise as well, said Ken Batty, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

The headwaters of the New River are located in those areas in the North Carolina mountains. The New River feeds into the Kanawha River. 

Approximately 7 inches of rain fell in the Boone and Jefferson areas in a 48-hour time span ending Tuesday morning, Batty said.

The wet weather slowly moved north, dumping rain into the area drained by the Greenbrier River as well, he said. Approximately 1.5 to 3 inches of rain fell in portions of Pocahontas County, causing the Greenbrier River to rise, Batty said.

The Greenbrier River also flows into the Kanawha.

Although the water is rising, it will not come close to flood stage, Batty said.

Flood stage for the Kanawha River is 30 feet at the Southside Bridge. The river was expected to crest at 17 feet Wednesday night into this morning, he said.

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