Weather Alert
Mercer County, WV
Status: Alert Ended
Start: 5/30/23 2:28 AM
End: 5/30/23 4:45 AM
Dur: 02:17
Canceled 5/30/23 4:45 AM

Flood Warning issued May 30 at 2:28AM EDT until May 30 at 4:45AM EDT by NWS Blacksburg VA

* WHAT...
Flooding caused by excessive rainfall will continue overnight.

* WHERE...
Portions of southwest Virginia and southeast West Virginia, including the following counties, in southwest Virginia, Bland and Tazewell. In southeast West Virginia, Mercer.

* WHEN...
Until 445 AM EDT.

Flooding of rivers, creeks, streams, and other low-lying and flood-prone locations is imminent or occurring. Some streams continue to rise due to excess runoff from earlier rainfall.

- At 228 AM EDT, Gauge reports indicated excessive runoff continues from earlier heavy rainfall. Flooding is already ongoing or imminent in the warned area. The Bluestone river at Spanishburg continues to rise and is now in major flood at 16.4 feet and still rising. Flood stage is 12 ft. and major flood stage is 15 ft. The river is expected to continue to rise for the next several hours and may approach 18 ft. early this morning. At 15 ft., the Spanishburg Elementary School and Rich Creek Baptist church become flooded. At 14 ft., numerous portions of U.S. Highway 19 are impacted by flood waters south of Spanishburg. Now that the river has risen to over 16 ft., additional significant flooding is possible throughout areas adjacent to the river. All precautions should be taken immediately to protect lives and property! - This includes the following streams and drainages...
Brush Creek, Beaver Branch, Big Spring Branch, Bratton Branch, Bluestone River and Blacklick Creek.
- Some locations that will experience flooding include...
Bluefield, Princeton, Rocky Gap, Camp Creek, Spanishburg, Pocahontas and Bramwell.

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