Nearly 300,00 homes in the flood-tolerant West Virginia floodplain are under threat, officials said Wednesday, a significant increase from previous years.
The National Weather Service said more than 300 homes are under evacuation orders as floodwaters surge in some areas of the state, while more than 5,000 were affected by the last major flood in March 2017.
The NWS warned that the region is in the most at-risk category for catastrophic flooding in the U.S. and it will continue to assess risk in areas of low risk.
It’s not clear when the NWS will issue a statement on the new threat, which comes at a time when officials are struggling to make sure the state is prepared for a future of heavy rains.
A massive snowstorm in March prompted some residents to flee their homes, but many more stayed and began rebuilding.