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West Virginia

Monday, June 16, 2003
In central West Virginia, three inches of rain fell on steep hills, ran downhill into streams and created flash floods that lasted several hours in Charleston. Streets were instantly transformed into rushing rivers. Homes and big box retailers were heavily damaged. Water shoved cars and trucks on top of each other or into ditches. A carwash collapsed and simply floated away.

State Information

West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management
1900 Kanawha Blvd E
Charleston, WV 25305
Phone: (304) 558-5380
Fax: (304) 344-4538

Volunteer West Virginia

Citizen Corps

Get Involved in Preparing your Community. Citizen Corps, Homeland Security's grassroots effort, localizes preparedness messages and provides opportunities for citizens to get emergency response training; participate in community exercises; and volunteer to support local first responders. To learn more and to get involved, contact your nearest Citizen Corps Council by visiting

West Virginia Citizen Corps Council
710 Central Avenue
Charleston, WV 25302
Phone: (304) 558-0111
Toll Free: 1-800-WV-HELPS

Localized Ready Programs

West Virginia
ReadyWV is a communications campaign and an online tool that helps West Virginians know what to do before, during and after an emergency. ReadyWV strives to provide families, neighborhoods and local communities in West Virginia with easy access to basic information on how to prepare for emergencies.

Last Updated: 08/20/2019