Bluefield, WV residents react to flash flooding

Published: May. 29, 2023 at 5:34 PM EDT|Updated: May. 29, 2023 at 5:45 PM EDT
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BLUEFIELD, W.Va. (WVVA) -The heavy rain that came though early Monday morning left one of several neighborhoods inundated with water.

The water making its way into the neighborhood on Union Street looked more like a river.

Most homes on Union Street did not any significant damage and others like Shawn Ireland saw his entire basement get flooded.

“About eight this morning, I looked out my window and said ‘oh my God baby, look out the window it’s completely flooded,’ it was up to our grass here almost to the sidewalk.”

Ireland says it was up to his knees and he says that they had a washer and dryer and some tools that were probably ruined.

Another man in the vicinity, James Matuszak was stunned at the amount of water in the street.

“So, I came down it was up to almost the second step. I got two sump pumps going. One overheats because of all of the water so I have to switch it back and forth.”

Emergency crews spanned the entirety of the Bluefield area as well as the southern part of the county.

And they say cleanup will continue for days as they help anyone in distress as well as blocking any impassable roads.