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Some area rivers reached 5th highest level on record this weekend

After an incredible amount of rain this weekend, some area rivers wound up cresting at very high levels. These rivers include the Powell River in Jonesville, Powell River in Big Stone Gap, Cranes Nest River near Clintwood, Russell Fork River near Haysi, the North Fork of the Holston River in Weber City, and the Clinch River near Speers Ferry.

The moist soil from previous rain, the incredible amount of rain this weekend, and the runoff from this area's topography created this recipe for high crests.

The Powell River in Jonesville, Powell River in Big Stone, Cranes Nest River near Clintwood, and the Russell Fork near Haysi have all receded to below flood levels. However, impacts have still remained with mudslides, debris, and standing water causing issues on Monday.

As of Monday evening, the North Fork of the Holston in Weber City and the Clinch River near Speers Ferry were still at minor flood stage. These two bodies will recede to below flood stage by Tuesday morning. However, impacts may still remain heading into the middle of the week.

We're not out of the woods, with regards to rain this week. We have a few more chances, especially on Valentine's Day, early Thursday and late Friday. Saturated soils may give way to more flooding. We'll consult with hydrologists at the National Weather Service offices to see if they believe there will be more river flooding.

Stay tuned.


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