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Emergency shelters set up in Tazewell County after flooding

RICHLANDS, VA (WVVA) Heavy rain and rapid snow melt led to flooding in Tazewell County on Wednesday. Several roads and streets were closed in Richlands due to high water.

Businesses in low lying areas had to shut their doors as high water invaded the region. Schools across the county closed at 10:30 a.m. Chief Frank Dorton of the Richlands Police Department says that water is still rising.

"The water is still going up but the last we heard the river is supposed to crest sometime in the late afternoon at about 13 feet," says Chief Dorton. 

The Richlands Police Department is providing emergency shelter to those displaced by flood waters in Tazewell County. The Good Samaritan Food Pantry is providing food, blankets and assistance to people staying at the shelter Wednesday night.

"The police department called, anytime there's an emergency I'm out trying to get food for the needy at the police station, that's where everybody comes. Here at the food pantry, I sent food down already. I've got blankets ready now for the people that's going to be staying down there. Also I've got cosmetics for people that needs. We can actually cook from here if we have to, and send it down there," says Ralph "Moon" Mullins with the Good Samaritan Food Pantry.

 According to the Tazewell County Sheriffs Office, shelters are open at Bluefield Virginia Rescue, Richlands Police Department, Rescue 945, Tazewell County Social Services Office and Thompson Valley Community Center.

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