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Flooding Impacts Local Area

By Staff | Jan 12, 2018
Jessie Masters shared this photo that she took of the area around Tyler Consolidated, beside Route 18.
This photo, by Kittie Anderson, shows flooding in the Shiloh Road area.

Some wicked winter weather wreaked havoc on Wetzel and Tyler counties Jan. 12 after Thursday night and Friday morning rains led to flooding.

Schools were cancelled for the day, and several main roadways were closed.

In Wetzel County, Routes 7 and 20 were closed by Wetzel County Office of Emergency Management Friday morning. The roads were back open that afternoon. In Tyler County, Route 18 was closed from Route 180 intersection to Middlebourne. Elk Fork Road also became flooded.

The Shirley Volunteer Fire Department warned residents to “turn around, don’t drown.” The department stated it was experiencing several cars into the flooded water in the county, “and with the flooding situation we have limited response capabilities to some of these areas.”

By approximately noon, Tyler County Office of Emergency Management Director, Tom Cooper, confirmed that Route 18 was open, along with Route 23, Indian Creek and Wick roads.