CLARKSBURG, W.Va. – Thirty-four years ago, the remnants of Hurricane Juan began to impact much of north central West Virginia with rounds of heavy rainfall.
Upwards of ten inches of rain fell within just a few days. The Cheat, Tygart Valley and West Fork River basins received more than three to six inches of rain in just a 12-hour span. All of this water had no where to go causing widespread flooding throughout the state.
The Cheat River in Parsons crested at 10 feet above flood stage and four feet higher than previously ever recorded.
The Tygart Valley River in Philippi crested at nearly 15 feet above flood stage as well.
There were 47 fatalities in West Virginia as a result of the flood. More than 3,500 homes and 180 businesses were destroyed causing an estimated damage total of $570 million.
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