One year later, June 23 marks the day the rains finally ended in West Virginia. 23 lives were lost in what the National Weather Service called a thousand year flood.
Eight to ten inches of rain fell in a matter of 12 hours inundating communities like Richwood and White Sulphur Springs.
But even when the storms stopped, nothing but heartbreak and thousands of destroyed homes were left behind. Still, thanks to first responders and good Samaritans many walked away with their lives.
Governor Jim Justice describes his people as “too good to be kept down by a flood.” To mark the solemn anniversary, he signed a flood prevention planning bill saying the state needs to do everything it can to prepare for another major flood.
For WeatherNation, Meteorologist Karissa Klos