Heavy rainfall causes flooding in Elkins

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RANDOLPH COUNTY, W.Va. (WDTV) -- Elkins joins a growing number of Randolph County towns dealing with flooding following Monday morning's flash floods.

Water washed down the streets and rose quickly, causing some homes to flood.

5 News spoke with Elkins residents who believe this is just another rainy season, while others believe this season is different.

Many believe that the flooding is linked to drain systems that have become too outdated to accommodate the increased rainfall.

"The drains and things just can't take the rainfall we have been getting," said Randolph County resident Sheena Elmore.

This is an issue that Elkins Operations Manager Bob Pingley has been working to solve.

"We are actually have been working on it. We're doing two separate projects for the storm water separation," said Pingley.

Pingley says the first phase for downtown has been completed and phase two will happen later this year.

Elkins residents like Lisa Hinchman, whose home flooded, say the city should be doing more to help homeowners.

"I think they need to do something and they need to help people," said Hinchman.

The City of Elkins was predicted by U.S. Climate Data to have five inches of rainfall throughout the entire month of July. According to Elkins officials, the city has received three inches in the past two days.