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Adairs Run community impacted by heavy rains, flooding

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MERCER COUNTY (WVVA) -

Strong storms and heavy rain lashed the Two Virginias this past weekend. Especially hard hit were Monroe, Summers, and Eastern Mercer County, where the Adairs Run Community is located. 

The community dealt with flooding over the weekend that rendered driveways and even some roadways inaccessible. 

Residents told us that at the height of the floods, 6 to 8 inches of water flowed over the road. The Federal Emergency Management Agency says that 6 inches of moving water is enough to move a car. 

Residents we talked to felt the flooding was exuberated by clogged pipes underneath the roadway. As the pipes clogged, water pools on the upstream side and overflows over the road. 

Adairs Run Road is maintained by the West Virginia Division of Highways. When called for comment, they told WVVA that some pipes and drains were equipped to withstand flooding to a certain threshold, but that they would overflow should that threshold be crossed. The also said they would investigate the matter in regards to the clogged pipe.

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