West Virginia is very prone to flooding because of our topography. An inch of rain in the mountains that our state is so well known for can easily turn to several feet in our streams and rivers, near which most West Virginians live.
Flooding is nothing new to mountaineers. We’ve been coping with the effects of high water from heavy rain since long before we were a state. Mitigation efforts over the decades have helped to blunt the effects of heavy rain in some of our more flood-prone areas.