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UPDATED: Rain & Runoff Cause River Concerns in Garrett & Preston Counties

June 30th, 2019 by WCBC Radio

Flood Warnings have been extending into late Sunday afternoon in Garrett & Preston Counties, where four to five inches of rain in some locations brought on high water in streams and creeks, flooded basements, highway issues, and runoff into rivers.  (Warning information update at 12:10 PM on June 30, 2019)

The Potomac River crested a few feet above flood stage in Steyer, Gorman and Kitzmiller.  The good news is the levels will fall as quickly as they rose, and Potomac River flooding in Allegany County and points to the east is not expected.

In Preston County, County Commissioner Dave Price updated the situation:

"The Cheat is rising quickly and expected to crest at 17.5 this afternoon . 16 is flood stage. First responders are checking on residents and campers along the river in Rowlesburg and other impacted areas. High water rescue team members are on standby."

The Rowlesburg area was devasted by river flooding in 1985.  This situation is not nearly in that category.

WCBC will continue to monitor the river situations in our region.

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