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National Guard, Swiftwater Rescue Teams head north to prepare for flooding

JACKSON COUNTY, WV (WOWK) - Soldiers and Airmen with the West Virginia National Guard and swift water rescue teams from Glasgow and Clendenin Volunteer Fire Departments have made their way to assist with preparing for severe weather and flooding in Moundsville, West Virginia and the surrounding region.

The crew of nearly thirty men and women met at the Love's Truck Stop in Fairplain, in Jackson County, West Virginia, to stage, fill up their fuel tanks, and take off to their destination around 10:30 a.m. Friday, February 23.

In an interview with 13 News, Chief Kevin Clendenin of the Clendenin Volunteer Fire Department said they will be there to "look at the vulnerable areas and talk to them [residents] about our assets and what we can do for them and get prepared."

Major Wally Hatfield with the National Guard said being prepared is key.  "The best thing is to adhere to the warnings," he said.  "Stay out of moving water.  Don't cross water.  If you've been asked to evacuate, the best thing to do is evacuate."

According to first responders, their crews have staged their emergency operation center inside of the Moundsville armory, and are "waiting on the storm."

Stay with 13 News for more on this developing story. 


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