NALLEN, W.Va. — The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office is initiating extra patrols in Nallen and Russellville along Rt. 41 in Fayette County following reports of looters coming into those areas.

The Sheriff’s Office said that both Nallen and Russellville were among the hardest hit areas in all of Fayette County.

“Anyone we catch looting will be arrested and jailed,” Kessler said in a statement released Sunday afternoon.

But Kessler warned potential looters that some of the citizens in the area are legally armed and ready to protect what’s left of their home.

“If the residents of this area catch you first, you may not make it to jail. If you are not a resident of this area and don’t have family members in the area you are trying to help, you need to stay out of this area.”

Parts of Rt. 41 in this area were completely washed away in Thursday’s historic floods.

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