(WFXR) — It was six years ago, from June 23-24 in 2016, when several rounds of rain fell over Greenbrier and Alleghany counties leading to historic flooding in the area.
The storms fell near a stationary front that was draped over those counties and was the focal point for the heavy rain. Radar estimates of the rainfall amounts topped 10 inches in some locations and led to flooding and flash flooding during the late June storm. Unfortunately, there were 23 fatalities in West Virginia related to the flooding along with significant damage to the landscape.
According to the National Weather Service (NWS), thousands of homes were destroyed or damaged along with local businesses. The repair costs of the roadways, alone, exceeded $50 million.
Greenbrier Golf Course was overrun by the flood waters and the annual tournament was canceled as a result.
During the event, there were numerous water rescues, evacuations, and acts of heroism as more than 2,000 people were displaced due to the weather. The extent of the damage was vast as the governor of West Virginia declared a State of Emergency for 12 counties.
The heaviest hit region was from Rainelle to Covington, where the estimated rainfall was the highest, near 10 inches. The Greenbrier River at Alderson reached its third highest peak of all time with 22 feet of water at the highline.
Dunlap Creek reached a record height of 13.49 feet and threatened the stability of the landmark covered bridge known as “Humpback Bridge”.