UPDATE (7/4/2019 10:20 p.m.):
HARMAN, W.Va. – Emergency officials in Randolph County have decided not to order an evacuation after evaluating a nearby earthen dam.
For now, officials are monitoring the dam every hour. Starting Friday morning, efforts will be made to pump out water to below the spillway, according to Randolph County Office of Emergency Management Director Cindy Hart.
“Our recommendation at this time is that we’re going to do hourly monitoring of the dike, and also we’re going to clean the spillway out in the pond. But, what we’re asking residents in the area to do is to be vigilant. If there is a major rain event, to keep their eyes and ears open as to what announcements may be made,” said Mark Scott, Randolph County Commissioner.
The National Guard will remove logs and other debris from the spillway to maintain the integrity of the waterway, said Hart.
At the same time, the National Guard will be clearing debris on roads and removing damaged household items from the flood waters, according to Hart.
UPDATE (7/4/2019 6:18 p.m.):
HARMAN, W.Va. – Randolph County emergency officials are keeping a close watch on the Harman area due to continued concerns that a nearby earthen dam could fail.
Earlier on Thursday, an evacuation notice for Harman was rescinded after officials determined the dam was stable.
The Office of Emergency Management said officials from the Department of Environmental Protection are assessing the dam Thursday evening before making further recommendations.
ORIGINAL (7/4/2019 3:00 p.m.)
HARMAN, W.Va. – Randolph County emergency officials began evacuating the town of Harman on Thursday afternoon due to concerns that a nearby dam could fail.
The Randolph County Office of Emergency Management said the same dam breached over the weekend, which contributed to the recent flooding in the area. The announcement for the evacuation of Harman came at 2:08 p.m.
According to the National Weather Service, Randolph County officials reported the imminent failure of an earthen dam east of Harman.
Officials said their concern comes from a second storm system that is predicted to arrive in the area later on Thursday.