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Justice declares state of emergency in Fayette County following flash flooding

OAK HILL, W.Va. — Gov. Jim Justice declared a state of emergency in Fayette County Sunday night after what he described as significant local flooding.

Justice announced his declaration in a tweet and said he’d have further comment Monday.

Justice’s announcement followed a local state of emergency declaration by the Fayette County Commission which reported flooding in the Oak Hill, Minden, Scarbro and Whipple areas. Some areas received more than four inches of rain Sunday. There was nickel to quarter-sized hail as part of a storm cell Sunday afternoon.

Water rescues were taking place in the Minden area Sunday night. The National Weather Service had a flash flood warning out until 1 a.m. Monday.

Flooding was also reported Sunday in the War area of McDowell County along with parts of Clay, Gilmer and Braxton counties.

Justice’s state of emergency declaration will free up state resources to respond to the flood-damaged areas of Fayette County.

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