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Firefighter Missing After Being Swept Away by Floodwaters

Firefighter Missing After Being Swept Away by Floodwaters

A Kanawha Alternative Transit bus got stuck in high water in an alley on Charleston's West Side on Saturday morning. The driver had to be rescued by Charleston firefighters.

The Charleston Gazette via YellowBrix

March 14, 2010

KANAWHA, WVa – A massive search is underway in Raleigh County for a missing Kanawha County volunteer firefighter swept away in floodwaters early Saturday morning.

It happened in the Beaver area when a fire department boat capsized during a swift water rescue attempt. MetroNews has learned the Kanawha County firefighter was in Raleigh County as part of a mutual aid agreement.

Governor Joe Manchin said during a tour of the flooded areas Saturday the firefighter was a member of the Glasgow Volunteer Fire Dept.

The firefighter was attempting to rescue three people in swollen Beaver Creek when he was swept away. A Blackhawk helicopter is being used in the search.

Raleigh County Deputy Emergency Services Director Marty Agee says nearly three inches of rain Friday night into Saturday morning creating a dangerous situation for residents and first responders. She says Beaver, Shady Springs and Rhodell were among the hardest hit areas.

“We had all of those wonderful warm days that melted the snow and saturated the ground and then last night (Friday night) it became a pretty significant rain,” Agee said.

Flooding created emergency situations Saturday morning in Fayette and Mercer counties. Problems were reported in the Oak Hill area in Fayette County with road closures and flooded basements. There was also flooding in and around the Oakvale area of Mercer County.




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