The section of the Tygart Valley River that runs through Philippi was running high Thursday morning, after Wednesday storms raised the water level within the city. The Barbour County Office of Emergency Management had been preparing for the worst but said fortunately, the county escaped any serious effects.
"It wasn't anything significant. We haven't had any reports of home that had water in them or any damage, or God forbid injuries, thank God we didn't have any injuries," said director Cindy Hart.
Philippi wasn't the only place where the Tygart was running fast and high. The river was almost over its banks in Belington, flooding some minor roads Thursday, and coming to within inches of others. Hart said the department has been preparing any response in case it becomes necessary.
"We do this every day. We've planned for emergencies, and of course we make mistakes, but we try to learn from our mistakes. One of the biggest things that I saw is that we have better contacts for people," Hart said.
Hart said the department has been using TV, radio, social media, and other sources to get messages out to the public and to see what they might need.
And even though the rain is over, there's still plenty to be wary of as the water levels go back to normal.
"Carefully watch your children, your pets. The water is swift right now because it is so high, it has crested, so it'll start to go down," said Hart.