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Roane County 911 center evacuated due to flooding

By From staff and wire reports

SPENCER, W.Va. -- A state emergency official says Roane County's 911 center has been evacuated and roads in the Spencer area are closed because of flash flooding.

Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management director of operations Terrance Lively says about five water rescues were conducted in the county Thursday morning. There were no injuries.

West Virginia State Police are advising motorists to avoid roads near Spencer because of high water.

Lively says 911 calls in Roane County are being transferred to Jackson County.

Jackson County 911 Director Walter Smittle said Roane County dispatchers were able to switch over all dispatch systems to Jackson County prior to evacuating their center.

Roane County has also sent personnel to Jackson County's 911 center to assist with the increased call volume.

"They have sent one person over to be in our center so that when we receive their calls, they will notify the appropriate agency to respond," Smittle said.

Smittle said parts of western Roane County have been cut off from local fire and ambulance stations because of high water.

He said crews from eastern Jackson County will respond to calls in that region until the roads reopen.

"We've got all fire departments and ambulance services on standby to respond until water subsides," Smittle said.

The National Weather Service's Charleston office says the Spencer area received 2-and-a-half to 3 inches of rain in a 12-hour period ending at noon Thursday.

Statewide, the storms left about 40,000 utility customers in the state without electricity Thursday.


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