WEST HAMLIN, WV (WOWK)—Crews responded to intense flooding in the West Hamlin, West Virginia area on Thursday night.
As many as 25 homes have been damaged, and two of them were destroyed. One family with a newborn had the front of their house ripped away by the floods.
“Our town of West Hamlin here, we took a hard hit last night, how much more can our community take?” One West Hamlin resident said.
50 families reported being trapped due to a washed-out culvert, and no drinking water for West Hamlin is available due to flooding damage. Route 3 in the area is reported to be under two feet of water from Bias Fork.
“People have been impacted hard, you know. They’re going to have a hard time recovering from this,” said Ron Porter, Fire Chief of the West Hamlin Fire Department.
The West Hamlin Volunteer Fire Department says they rescued around 10 people. They started rescuing people from their vehicles around 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, but they were unable to reach people trapped in their homes until around 9:00 p.m. They said they were out rescuing people until after midnight. One person was transported to the hospital.