Federal Declaration DR4273

On June 23, 2016 many West Virginia residents experienced historic flooding across the state. Sadly, 23 people lost their lives in the third deadliest flood in West Virginia history. The National Weather Service has concluded that 24 hour rainfall amounts in parts of Fayette, Nicholas, and Greenbrier counties were a “thousand-year event.” Meaning there is a 0.1% chance of an event of this magnitude happening in any given year. Meteorologist’s have also concluded that based on the 24 hour period spanning the event, that “thousand-year” 24 hour rainfall totals were also likely exceeded in parts of Kanawaha, Roane, and Clay Counties.

Source: https://www.climate.gov/news-features/event-tracker/thousand-year-downpour-led-deadly-west-virginia-floods

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