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Clinch River floods Richlands area

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RICHLANDS (WVVA) - The Clinch River rose over its banks, causing flooding in Richlands and surrounding communities Thursday.

According to the Richlands Police Department Facebook page, the Clinch had risen to 12.5 feet and was expected to crest at 12.5 feet -- the highest since 2003.

Residents have been evacuated from East First Street in the Dalton Addition area, with some seeking shelter at the Richlands Police Department.

The following streets are closed due to high water: Page, Patton, Matney, River Rd, East First, Virginia Ave, Iron Street and Sayers Intersect, Allegheny, Third, Fourth, Part of Second Street near the PD, Orange St, Prater Dr, Willow St, Locust St, Shennandoah, Bland, the intersections of Fourth St and Floyd and Rockbridge, and Critterville is closed indefinitely.

The areas around Magic Mart and Critterville are dangerously high and should be avoided by everyone Thursday until the water recedes.

If you have any questions, concerns, or need assistance contact the Richlands PD at 276-964-9134.

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