Guard sends advance teams into flooded areas

ELKINS, W.Va. — The West Virginia National Guard deployed eight soldiers for state active duty Monday in response to weekend flash flooding in five northeastern mountain counties.

U.S. Army Capt. Steven Frey and Chief Warrant Office 2 David Marple talk with a representative of the state DOH Monday in Randolph County.

The soldiers make up three Community Assistance Teams (CAT) and one Liaison Officer (LNO) team. They were working with county emergency managers Monday afternoon.

According to a news release, the state Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management won’t make a decision on additional resources until it hears by from the LNO teams.

“The WVNG and DHSEM are continuing to work collaboratively with other state agencies, including the West Virginia Division of Highways (DOH), to provide a unified response for our citizens in need,” state Adjutant General Jim Hoyer said in a news release. “This is what we train for and it’s what we are best at – being there when the citizens of West Virginia need us most.”

Flood waters impacted parts of Preston, Pendleton, Grant, Randolph and Tucker counties. Gov. Jim Justice put those five counties under a state of emergency Monday.

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