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June 30 late p Snakes
June 30 late p Snakes
June 30 late p Snakes as long as garden
rakes, in the....
June 30 late p For those sorting thru
the dump sites, something to remember.
June 30 late p Copperheads and Rattle
snakes have both been seen in the various dump sites around the county.
June 30 late p Had some pretty
interesting scanner traffic most of the afternoon as Badges were down near
the Camp Creek bridge. Whatever was going on, they didn't want any mention
over the public's airwaves.
July 30 late p We did hear something
Premier Bank being full and the rest going to the Green Shirt resort.
June 30 late p Everyone. All together
June 30 2:14 pm Boil Water Order
lifted for Town of Clay residents.
June 30 2:24 pm Boil Water Order remains
in place for residents of Maysel
June 30 a One week ago today, around
6am, the first of the heavy rains hit. By early afternoon, the full blast
wiped out County Clay.
June 30 a Remember, Boil Your Water
before using any of it.
June 30 a Tetanus shots are free at
the Health Dept. 300 people have already taken em up on the offer
June 30 a Gov. Earl Ray told us Wed.,
the FEMA team would be in place within a day or so
June 30 a IMPORTANT: FEMA will
set up at Clay High TODAY from 9 to Noon.
June 30 a Maybe other times and place
will be added, but as of yesterday afternoon, 9 to noon today is all we
June 30 a The Guard units continue
to haul flood victim trash to the seven dump sites. They will NOT come
on your property for pick ups. The junk MUST be at curbside. NOTE:
do not piled the crap on top of fire hydrants nor near utility pole guy
June 30 a If you see barrels, drums
of "mystery" stuff, report it. If you don't know what's in it, don't
June 30 a the Northern end of
the Clay County PSD service area is back with running water. On the Southern
end, there are still a few places without the wet stuff around Lizemore
Elem. One of their tanks still needed filled as of yesterday afternoon.
June 30 a Early assessment: 500 buildings
are totaling trashed out and another 100 will be added to the official
June 30 a The Town's sewer plant and
system continues spewing logs into the Elk. DEP officials have expressed
major concerns with the problem. Yesterday afternoon a military helicopter
flew in a replacement transformer. Flooding was so bad there, they're not
sure what can be saved from the $8m plant.
June 30 a Word came during Wed's huddle,
there may be a major issue with one of the big holding tanks.
June 30 a The Town of Clay's water
plant is keeping up with demand and had 22' in the main storage tank
June 30 a The VFW Hall is a total loss.
June 30 a The city of Wheaton Md donated
a dually wheeled ambulance to Clayberry. Not four wheel drive but in great
shape and ready for use.
June 30 a The Courthouse will reopen
Tuesday July 5th.
June 30 a Those 24 donated generators
remains under lock and key awaiting distribution.
June 30 a The out pouring of donations
continues. Every minute or so comes another trailer load of everything
from mops to shovels to roof coating, food, clothes, and more
June 30 a Some of those most impacted
b the June 23rd flood are out donating time and muscle at the distribution
centers. The volunteer spirit of helping is alive and well in County Clay.
June 30 a Truth is, Clayberry has received
much more than any flood victim could possibly use.
June 30 a Then there's the rotten side
June 30 a There's a reason why victims
could not, would not, spend a night in a shelter.
June 30 a Looting is rampant in the
county. Before flood waters receded, thugs and other arssholes were out
stealing anything and everything from homes, out buildings, and vehicles.
June 30a Guns, jewelry, appliances,
what ever was left in those places , were stolen and are being stolen
June 30 a Then the greed set in.
June 30 a Our welfare mentality residents
are going to each distribution site and gathering truck loads of goods.
No, not flood victims, but low life skum bags untouched by flood waters!
June 30 a What do they do with all
the mops, buckets, toilet paper, towels, new clothes, bleach, cleaning
supplies and such?
June 30 a They're taking them back
to stores for return $$$$
June 30 a Guarantee you, there are
houses, trailers, in Clayberry with truck loads of bottled water
June 30 a Early on, one lady
told a volunteer: I want some dog food. At the time, there was none available
June 30 a As the lady was getting belligerent,
the question came: Are you a flood victim?
June 30 a The response was: No, I just
want some dog food.
June 30 a See it as open season for
hand outs, it's like a swarm of bees as non flood victims go around demanding
goods and services as an entitlement
June 30 a Very sad times in Clayberry.
June 28 p Fola Church fed well over
375 people on Monday and a nearly like number on Sunday. With just a few
workers available, they're shutting down their operation as of lunch today
June 28 p Our two major manufacturers
Gould Electric and Amron Truss, sustained heavy water damage during last
June 28 p As you drive around the county,
it's interesting to see one area of total destruction and one mile away,
almost no damage.
June 28 p Big rumor spread like wild
fire this morning that FEMA was going to be at the Courthouse today at
1pm to take applications. That was bogus social media bologna
June 28 p At 1pm today, County Clerk
Connie Workman was beside herself because, when locals call a FEMA telephone
number, those on the other end told the caller to dial the Clay County
June 28 p At the same time, no
FEMA rep was on hand and no one had provided Workman with forms nor info.
June 28 p According to Connie Workman,
right now, they are taking victims' names, contact info, and a brief statement
on what losses were involved.
June 28 p As of 1pm today, FEMA had
NOT declared Clayberry a disaster site
June 28 p The county library is a wreck.
Their volunteer Board is cleaning out the yuck from the basement.
June 28 p If you want to do something,
how about bringing over a power washer for the scrub down and several strong
backs to move the soggy mess to curbside.
June 28 p The struggle to recover continues
June 28 a Boil ANY water before use.
June 28 a Emergency response leadership
had a huddle June 27th, Monday afternoon, at the Pentagon.
June 28 a From the table, one big piece
of advice for those thinking FEMA , insurance providers, will come to the
rescue with big checks... do something now. Take pictures. Take pictures
of everything. Take lots of pictures. You have to prove to the foreigners
what you lost
June 28 a As far as being
included in the nation disaster declaration, hasn't happened yet. But,
those around the Pentagon table felt 99% certain, County Clay will receive
that decree shortly.
June 28 a Reflection: Four years ago
after the Derecho, everybody thought they would receive govt assistance
in the form of a check.
June 28 a That didn't happen. About
the only pay outs went to govt agencies.
June 28 a For those of us that still
have a house, about every five minutes we go to the sink and turn on the
spigot. Now we don't even hear air coming thru the line. Water
remains elusive this Tuesday morning. Other than downtown Clay, there's
no running water.
June 28 a Turns out, much of the underground
piping has been damaged. With each section of PSD line, as soon as they
turn it on, there's another leak.
Jne 28 a Maybe, that's the key word,
maybe, by week's end, most will have water service restored
June 28 a Noticed this in this morning's
Gazette: Around 150 unemployed West Virginians may soon be able to
find temporary work in helping to clean streams and river banks littered
with debris from recent storms and flooding. The Human Resource Development
Foundation, an AFL-CIO affiliated nonprofit organization based in Morgantown,
announced that it has received $1.89 million from Workforce West Virginia
and the U.S. Department of Labor that will be put toward paid positions
for the cleanup effort. Those who qualify for the jobs — including military
veterans and their families who are out of work — will receive between
$9.50 to $11.50 per hour and will help with needed cleanup in 16 counties
in the state, including Kanawha County. Those chosen for the positions
will also receive safety training from the American Red Cross, including
CPR and first aid certification. The participants will also receive job
search assistance by Regional Workforce Investment Boards in the state,
according to a press release sent out by the Human Resource Development
June 28 a Clayberry has a WorkForce
W Va office in the old Valley Fork School building.
June 28 a Around noon Monday, big thunder
boomers pounded above. At noon:30, the sky opened up with a heavy downpour.
This time, the deluge only last 20 minutes.
June 28 a Thank you God.
June 27 later p The Birdie Dell (Rose)
Phillips funeral has been rescheduled, see OBITUARY page
June 27 Begining in the early evening
hours came scanner chatter on one of the military crews in the county out
of fuel somewhere in the county.
June 27 As the evening wore on, fireman,
Badges, and others, got involved in the search.
June 27 A little before 10pm,
a second HumVee on Twistabout Rd was ready to start looking before being
turned back to Clay. Translation: they didn't want two crews lost in the
backwoods of Clayberry.
June 27 Around 10:30 came sort
of word that the lost unit and crew had been found.
June 27 "Sort of" because, when
one emergency responder asked for clarification, response, " We'll explain
when you get here."
June 27 p Little steps...
June 27 p Last night the electric came
back in downtown Clay. For those that feed off that trunk, service
may be back before much longer. For those that get electric coming up from
Procious, you may be screwed for a while
June 27 p 9am this morning, another
tractor trailer load of bottled water arrived. The drop off point is Clay
June 27 p With the Clay Water
Plant running, some people already have the wet stuff at the tap.
June 27 p The entire county is under
a Boil Water Order. You should take it serious this time
June 27 p There's a 90% chance of heavy
June 27 p Just what we need!
June 27 early early edition...
June 27 Nearly the entire county has
mountains of soggy wet mud covered items from the flood. County leadership
is providing 7 drop off points to get rid of the unhealthy items. See home
page for the locations
June 27 Tetanus shots, you need em.
The Clay Health Dept is offering them for free.
June 27 Maysel Baptist Vacation
Bible School scheduled to begin tonight, has been cancelled.
June 27 Military rations are now being
given away at the Clay Health Dept.
June 27 Got some encouraging words
June 27 A County Commissioner from
Braxton was in Town Sunday evening. According to that guy, although the
CCC does NOT carry flood insurance, their liability and property insurance
provider should cover the losses.
June 27 If that's true, we may
make it thru this disaster
July 26 p Tetanus shots are available
at the Clay Health Dept
July 26 p Do NOT drink the municipal
or PSD water. Boil everything first
July 26 p Potable water is available
at Big Otter Elem, the Health Dept., and Lizemore Firehouse
July 26 p Hot food remains available
at Big Otter Elem today.
July 26 p With no one using the overnight
shelter at Big Otter, it has closed down.
July 26 p Frontier Phone and DSL service
has returned to some sections of the county
July 26 p People are asking, when's
the power coming back on?
July 26 p During yesterday's huddle
at the Pentagon, sounds like, AEP, the supplier for local electric, MAY
have juice flowing Monday evening to downtown Clay
July 26 p The rest of the county has
to wait til contractors set many many new poles and hang the infrastructure.
That's going to take a while
July 26 p In the mean time, 100's of
families are starting the cleaning process. For that many more, it's a
case of starting over with salvaged , flooded materials.
July 26 p On Day 4 of the Flood of
the Century, it's a sad one.
July 26 early
a Birdie Dell (Rose) Phillips, 88, of Clay, see OBITUARY page
July 25 late p With a generator roaring,
and a little DSL available, here's what the Big Storm day June 23rd, 24th
and 25th looked like in Clayberry
Judy 25 By 9am, through out County
Clay, those that had anything left, were trying to find it. For many trailers,
double wides, out buildings, vehicles, farm implements, all gone,
July 25 There were no smiles in our
342 square miles
July 25 9:30am over the scanner, two
victims of carbon monoxide poisoning. Emergency service workers determined,
a Generac generator was blowing exhaust under the residence. The parts
per million count was 200. Above 35 can be lethal
July 25 Water has not been produced
at the new ultra modern Clay Water plant since the storm hit. The plant
is situated on the banks of the Elk and had several feet of river water
and yuck in the basement where all the electronics are housed.
July 25 The control panel located
in the basement in a flood zone. Does that make sense to anyone?
July 25 On this Saturday morning,
the only means to communicate is via cellphone or emergency 911 radios.
Land lines were laying on the ground or gone all together.
July 25 The local power company purchases
electric from AEP. The AEP sub station is at river side near Hartland.
Before any repairs can be made, a new road and bridge had to be cut in.
July 25 By 11am, the corrugated bridge
culvert was in place and heavy equipment was tamping in rock and gravel.
That's a good sign!
July 25 The words on everybody's
lips, "It came so quick!"
July 25 Emergency Services Director
Greg Fitzwater confirmed that flood waters had damaged the Procious Water
Plant. At 9am, the place was locked down with no one there
July 25 Back to the Clay Water
Plant, sometime Saturday morning, with only 2 feet of the wet stuff in
the storage tank, a small amount of water was being pumped to the
July 25 For those that don't
know, all water is to be considered dangerous and MUST be boiled before
July 25 By 10am Saturday, there
was no water running in the pipes at Maysel
July 25 Ditto for the Clay Go
Mart, which smartly, rented porta potties for customers and anybody else
July 25 By mid day, the temp
was rising. Clayonians were desperate for drinking water. That message
came across the scanner. "It's getting desperate at Elkhurst."
July 25 By noon out of
county contractors were seen cutting away limbs. Gas companies were on
hand to shut valves and see to washed away main lines. Water remained off
in ALL of the county.
July 25 The Health Dept team
was ready all day to receive planned water shipments. Locals, some with
nowhere else to go, were for the most part, patient.
July 25 2:25 scanner: family
on Punkin Ridge without transportation needs food and water
July 25 On Main Street shovels were
being employed to remove 3 inch thick goo.
July 25 Store owners brought
in big sludge pumps to remove crusted residue. Others starting tossing
out all the wet stuff.
July 25 3pm, still no water supplies
norfood rations to be had at the Health Dept.
July 25 Over at the Clay Sewer Plant,
another of the high tech facilities located in the flood plane, was shut
down and locked up tight. The whole place had been under water including
the control room. Five high dollar portable air compressors had floated
and were strewn about.
July 25 Down beside the sewer
plant, the Town's new Badge cruiser showed mud line marks up to the roof.
The Town's white truck with a dump bed, it to had been under water and
showed water in the oil. The great big "white elephant" poop sprayer truck
had mud in the cab. The engine was also full of mud and flood water.
July 25 Here's the biggy, since
Thursday's flood, raw sewage has been spewing into the Elk River from each
of the pump stations and the plant itself.
July 25 Ahhhh,, some of that
4 inches of river mud might be more than just mud
July 25 At 3pm sharp, up at the
Pentagon, Emergency Response Heads, Green Shirts, Military units, a state
health dept official, school system administrators and others gathered
to get their head together. Basically, where do we start and who does what,
was the theme of the 45 minute meeting.
July 25 Chairing the gathering
was County Commissioner and Emergency Manager, Greg Fitzwater. Fitz was
peterbed big time over completely bogus Facebook posts. He said that crap
was causing confusion and worse.
July 25 Plans are coming together to
set up bulk trash sites around the county beginning Monday.
July 25 Already many are pulling
crap out into the roads. That's a no no according to Fitzwater
July 25 Just before 4pm Saturday,
the first tractor trailer load carrying gallon jugs of cold water arrived
at the Health Dept on Main Street. As soon as they opened their doors,
needy people created the biggest traffic jam since last Apple Festival.
Water was handed out to any and all that needed it. The first trailer was
empty in short order. A second truck was at the waiting.
July 25 Green Shirts, Brown Shirts,
firemen, and volunteers from all walks of life helped with the distribution.
July 25 By dark, things
slowed down a bit except for idiots and other criminals that kept the Badges
ont he run well into midnight
July 25 So far, the 1000 year flood
cost no lives.
July 25 The monetary loss is ten times
worse than the June 29th 2012 Derecho.
July 25 For many, for all that lived
close to the banks of the Elk or any tributary, tonight, they have
no roof over their head. For many more, the clean up is just starting.
July 25 As of 4:30 today, no relief
cleaning supplies had been delivered.
July 25 Clayberry has been beat
down. The Elk just kicked out collective arsses.
Here's what Day 2 , June 24th of the
Big Storm looked and felt like
June 24 Day two June 24th
June 24 7:50a Scanner:
We need a wrecker, our ambulance is under water
June 24 8:00am Scanner, Belt
, Camp creek bridge and Rt 4 is under water
June 24 When Elk Power worker
was asked, how long?, he laughed and said it will be several days for MOST
of the customers to have juice again. Something about the AEP station at
Hartland being flooded and repairs will be needed there.
June 24 By Noon on Friday, Earl
Ray had declared a State of Emergency for 44 counties in W Va
June 24 Friday morning, Clayonians
across the county were out assessing damage. There were no smiles to be
seen. Where there had been creek banks, they weren't there no more.
June 24 10am Friday morning,
the calls went out to start looking for two or three seniors in a tan colored
S-10 truck in the Bomont area.
June 24 Around 11 am Friday,
scanner traffic: Anybody seen Greg Fitzwater, he needs to be
at the big huddle now in progress at the Pentagon.
June 24 Sounded like some
military unit, all fire chiefs, State Road , Green Shirts, our Top
Badge, and a rep from each ambulance services were gathering to assess
the mess and come up with a game plan.
June 24 By noon on the 24th,
66,000 West Virginians were without electricity.
June 24 The place to be
after the storm was the Clay Go Mart. Outfitted with a monster size generator
during their last remodel effort, the gas pumps were working, the beer
was cold, and the A/C was working. Loads of people filled their gas and
diesel jugs to keep the portable generators running. About as many went
there to get the latest scuttle butt.
June 24 Completely different
from during the Direcho 4 years ago, the county's only franchised grocery
store, Clay IGA, was fully stocked, open for business compliments a generator.
Employees made sure everything was in order. It’s a lot less scary when
you know , the staples of life are available close by.
June 24 Many vehicles were out
driving the passable roads Friday mid morning. What the rubber neckers
saw was mass damage much worse than the late June 29th, 2012, Derecho.
June 24 The Dundon ball
field which has been serving kids for decades, it’s all gone. No bleachers,
no dug outs, and no concession stand. Instead of a ball field complex,
the only thing left were the gnats , four light poles, and Lake Dundon
June 24 Across the old
railroad tracks, at the J G Bradley campground, total destruction. Near
the just remodelled Lodge building, two days earlier, was a 30+ foot pull
behind camper and the nice looking white pick em up truck. Both were nowhere
near. 300 feet down Buffalo Creek, the upside down carcass of the trailer
was a twisted wreck. A dog inside the camper perished. A little closer
to the Lodge building, the white truck was on the creek bank pointed up
june 24 A sharp looking motor
home was on site when Buffalo Creek turned into river. With people inside,
they alertly moved it to higher ground close to the McKinney home. Unfortunately,
that wasn’t good enough. Buffalo got up into that floor while damaging
a generator, wiring, and everything in the below board storage areas.
They were very lucky. Had they been sleeping, this would have been a much
June 24 As for the nearly
new Campground Lodge, it’s probably a total loss. The huge back deck was
completely ripped from the block foundation. The remaining porches
were covered with debris including a large chunk of a power pole. Based
on the water line on the visible inside walls, storm water was up to the
June 24 What happened in
Dundon? Why the total loss of everything? We have an answer. Might not
be the correct one but here goes.
June 24 Just three weeks ago,
the new concrete over steel bridge was completed. Beautiful and strong
it is. During the heavy downpours, trees and stumps piled up forming
a damn. Instead of the wet stuff ragin’ on toward the Elk, the bridge throttled
everything back. Had the old wooden span still been in place, it would
have quickly collapsed and let the water pass on. Progress!
June 24 All utility poles and
wires in that Dundon area are gone. Completely gone.
June 24 12:42p Friday,
scanner: The couple in the S-10 truck have been found and are being taken
June 24 The Courthouse,
the one we call new, received about 5 inches of river water. By mid morning
Friday, county employees were busy with wet and dry shop-vacs sucking the
goo up. The big generator outside was supplying the power. Inside, everybody
was wet as they cleaned. It was a dangerous time in the building.
June 24 Something
to note. For decades, at least since we’ve had 100 year flood maps,
that area of Main Street where the old IGA, Judicial Annex, and Courthouse
set, that has always been shown to be in the flood zone.
June 24 Some how, some way, a
few years back, when the revised and approved by the County Commission
new flood maps were made public, low and behold, as if by magic, the old
IGA, Judicial Annex building and Courthouse, were NOT listed as being in
the 100 year flood area.
June 24 It must have been a Miracle!!!
Or, back room politicians worked a deal so they didn’t have to pay flood
June 24 Friday 7pm. From the
911 scanner, are there any shelters open? In response, the only one for
sure is at Big Otter Elem; for those needing medical treatment, they can
shelter in the Clay County Ambulance Service in the Health Dept building;
and, the Camp Creek Church at the top of the hill.
June 24 By mid afternoon Friday,
the smell of chili and cornbread was in the air at Big Otter Elem. Oddly,
there were no occupants in need of shelter at that time. Even more odd,
the place was deemed an emergency shelter even with water service shut
June 24 Seems a major leak, geyser
in Ivydale, was the culprit. At 4:15, the lights starting blinking
off and on at the school.
June 24 Around 5pm Friday, on
the scanner, We’re starting health and welfare checks. About that same
time, the great big drops of rain started coming down again.
Every one looked up to the sky and under their breath, ##@@!!!.
Fortunately, it only lasted a few minutes.
June 24 Scanner traffic changed
late Friday. Instead of frenzied calls to respond to people in immediate
distress, a much calmer pace came. Calm was coming back to the County of
June 24 Through out Friday the
State Road gang was on their frequency working the county from top to bottom
with heavy equipment.
June 24 7:30 p Friday,
scanner: Call for law enforcement for a fight across the Pisgah bridge
with knives involved. A second call went out, this time added: it’s with
a Carte and Dwier subject involved. Green Shirts responded.
With every Badge on duty in the county, what a stupid time to start a rumble.
It didn’t last long. 4 Badges were there in short order along with Mayor
June 24 Friday was
the day for the 4H kids to come back from camp. The normal return time
was set for after dark. Considering road conditions and damaged bridges,
a Pentagon request was made to bring them back in the afternoon or at least
June 24 That didn't happen.
June 24 With many parents unable
to come out and pick up their wards, a couple 4Her's were taken to
Big Otter Elem where there was no wa wa available for sanitation needs.
Instead of arriving mid afternoon, buses didn't leave the camp until dark.
June 24 On the scanner, around
8:30pm, one bus driver said she was there and still waiting on the rug
rats to finish
June 24 7:35pm scanner,
calls came asking to know when “ a water buffalo” would arrive at Big Otter
Elem. The Dispatcher replied, he hadn’t heard.
June 23rd 5am Full blast
of the storm is roaring thru Clayberry. By 5:45am, the first main
storm had moved thru Somewhere in there the lights went dark.
Then came the scanner traffic
June 23rd scanner: 6:32 Tree
and power lines down on Triplett Ridge
June 23 scanner: 6:32a
“Your lines are down, we’ll be running your calls for now”
June 23 scanner: 6:35 DOH has
markers out on Triplett Ridge
June 23 6:35 a , 911 “They are in storm
mode and they don’t know when they will get there”
June 23 7:01 a Tree down between
Go-Mart and Clay
June 23 scanner 7:05 a Gas line on
June 23 scanner 7:10 a Tree and
lines down in Hartland near the HVAC place
June 23 7:18 a From Top
Badge: Tree down on Procious side of Elkhurst
June 23 7:30 a The potato wagon
rumble comes thru again
June 23 scanner 7:33 a
That gas line fire is actually a meter on fire. Gas Co is here and says
no way to shut if off right now. Will let it burn
June 23 scanner: 7:35 a
Need DOH up here with a loader, part of a garage structure is blocking
June 23 scanner: 7:45 a “be advised,
there are several trees down from Duck to Ivydale”
June 23 scanner 7:56 a Multiple trees
down on Nebo Road
June 23 8:35 a Concerns
raised for all the food being stored at Big Otter Elem. “Power may be off
for 24 hours”
June 23 scanner: 8:35 a Male,
“We’ve got major power lines down. The power may be off for a couple, three
days. I’m just guessing. Not sure”
June 23 9:45 a Power returns to Maysel
area Huraaaay! We thought the worst was over. The storm was done. WRONG.
Then came the real storm. All afternoon came buckets of rain, thunder and
lightning . Trees starting sliding. The Elk came over its banks.
Small stream became vicious. By 3:30 County Clay was in disaster mode.
Emergency responders went into over load mode. Roads were blocked. Fragile
Clayonians became vulnerable. The Big Otter Go Mart closed, no electric.
All of Clay is without power.
June 23 mid afternoon: From Wall back
to Clay, no way, flooded. In front of Triad, it’s a 2 foot deep river.
From Big Otter exist of I 79 to Clay, no way, multiple mud slides with
trees blocking Rt 4. From Clendenin up Rt 4, no way. Truth is, Clendenin
is totally wiped away! Main Street Clay is under water and closed to all
vehicles. No electric, no landline telephone, no DSL and no roads
in or out of Clayberry. Back to the scanner
June 23 4pm Big Otter Fire Dept
tanker blocking the road in front of the Big Otter Go Mart
turning motorists back.
June 23 5pm Scanner: Trees on
top of car at Dana Holcomb’s old garage
June 23 5:15p scanner Vehicle being
pushed by mud into the river at Camp Creek, Porter Creek
June 23 scanner 5:20p Varney
Town is flooding, propane tanks floating
June 23 scanner 5:30p Woman trapped
in her house
June 23 scanner 5:45 p Big trees blocking
Rt 4 at Scott Legg’s house
June 23 scanner 5:54 p Report
of man being swept away on Hansford Fork
June 23 6:20 p Already getting dark.
Responders being pelted by heavy down pour , one blast after another. Every
access point into County Clay is blocked. By 7:30 p scanner mentions of
the need for an emergency shelter
June 23 scanner 9:30 p Rt 36
is again passable but caution urged
June 23 9:45 p From 911 Center: Not
sure how much longer we’ll be in this center, river is rising
June 23 9:55 p “The county is shut
down” came across the scanner
June 23 10:07p From Gary King
(we think), the river road is passable
June 23 New to scanner listeners came
the words, “swift water rescue”. Places like Fola Road
had not seen flooding in decades. It came June 23rd. Deep, swift, dangerous
water. By 10pm Thursday evening there was a couple inches of
wa wa in the 911 Center. When the equipment started sparking, it was time
to close it down. They did. By the time of that closing, there was
already five inches of water in the new Courthouse.
June 23 On day one, the volunteers
had done an excellent job as did everybody. At each bend of the road, neighbors
were out checking on others. Before dark, with the rain pouring down,
chain saws were already heard ripping away at the road blockages.
July 22 p Joseph Vincent Borg,
62, of Ivydale, see OBITUARY page
July 22 p From the National Weather
Service: HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK ...FLASH FLOOD WATCH
IN EFFECT FROM 11 PM EDT THIS EVENING THROUGH THURSDAY AFTERNOON...
July 22 p FLASH FLOOD
WATCH. IN ADDITION...NUMEROUS SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS ARE POSSIBLE TONIGHT.
THE GREATEST THREAT FROM THESE STORMS WILL BE WIDESPREAD WIND DAMAGE.
July 22 p Clickers be warned. You're
on your own for the next 24 hours.
July 22 a Parents do a bunch of important
things. At the top of the list is teaching those curtain climbers how to
July 22 a Clay County's public swimming
pool begins swimming lessons next week. The classes are free but pre registration
July 22 a See ADVISORY page now
July 22 a The newest Communicator provides
information on the just passed Clay County PSD rate increase. Our last
edition covered the sensitive issue of transgender rest rooms in the school
July 22 a Unisex rest rooms are common
in many settings. There about to get more common not just in schools, but
July 22 a New York City Council on
Tuesday approved a law requiring single-stall public bathrooms to be gender
neutral in a show of support for transgender people. Read
more right here.
June 21 late p Clay County's
only locally owned and operated newspaper, The Communicator, is now available
for your edification
June 21 late p With a big long
agenda posted on the meeting house door, County Commission meets Wed morning
June 21 late p The old Camp Creek bridge
has been scheduled for replacement for about four years. The old iron span
is so crusted over, school buses are not allowed to haul cross it. Kids
have to take a long way around to school.
June 21 late p For the last 12 months
its been stalled over a property dispute with a Samples lady. She's the
Mom of Prosecutor Jim Samples and a retired, long time Postmaster in the
June 21 late p After reading the court
documents, it looks like the State wants to pay $13,500 for the lady's
front yard while she's after something closer to 4 times that amount.
June 21 late When completed, bridge
traffic noise and right of way will render her home of little value
June 21 late p Locals want the bridge
June 21 late p Word just came that
Charleston news crews will be over there around 11am Wed morning to talk
with those that think Prosecutor Samples and the Judge are
the reason for the hold up with construction. Some are claiming back door
politics is the culprit.
June 21 late p Often, eminent domain
cases take a while.
June 21 late p Watch for county coverage
Wed evening on regional TV markets
June 20 late a Watermelon alert.
Went over to Walmart and saw huge boxes of the rounds of joy. Their price
was just $3.99. One problem, the things tasted like crap and smelled perfumey
June 2o late a Not so with the
local IGA round ones. True they cost $5 but the taste is Summer great.
June 20 late a Sometimes it pays
to shop local.
June 20 a Back when we had 23 inches
of snow on the ground, back last month when it was near freezin', we didn't
think this day would arrive
June 20 a Welcome to the first day
of Summer. Suppose to be 87 degrees today. Enjoy
June 20 a The Courthouse is closed
today for West Virginia Day
June 20 a Everything else should be
up and running including the mail service.
June 20 a No School
Board meeting tonight. That's been rescheduled for Thursday, June 23rd.
Interesting, according to the agenda, the Pentagon's budget deficit is
June 20 a Communicator comes out Tuesday.
Deadline for submissions is today at 5pm. Email your stuff right away.
June 20 a We're working the stories
on: the 10% wa wa rate hike; what happens when you tell Judge Alsop one
thing and then do something different; Town employee wage increases; and
June 20 a Should be a good one and
still 80 cents cheap