Ripley officials respond to flooding on Church Street, Clay Lick Road and Sheriff's Drive

Katelyn Waltemyer
Jackson Newspapers

RIPLEY — Several locations in Ripley and surrounding towns — flooded Thursday night after a Flash Flood Warning and Watch was declared. Ripley Police and firefighters responded to flooding on Church Street, Clay Lick Road and Sheriff's Drive. 

Ripley's Fire Chief Rick Gobble said multiple people were rescued from a vehicle located off Clay Lick Road, near the Department of Highways building. First responders had to use a boat in order to reach them. 

A car lays in a ditch under a tree on Clay Lick Road Thursday night.

After that rescue, Ripley responded to another call where responders had to evacuate residents of a home and move them to higher ground. Ripley's firefighters had help from Ravenswood, Cottageville and Silverton Thursday. No injuries were reported from any of the rescues in Ripley. 

"It all worked out good," Gobble said. "We got everybody out." 

Once the debris was removed from the drains on Church Street, the water subsided quickly. A thin layer of mud remained on the road after the water was drained. Firefighters began hosing down the road at around 11 p.m. to remove the slick mud. 

"It's like ice skating out there," Ripley Police Chief Bradley Anderson said.

South Church Street will reopen once the crew is finished rinsing the road. Anderson said it should take about 30 minutes.

Anderson said it's been years since he's seen a flood like this. 

— Katelyn Waltemyer (she/her) is the General Assignment and Enterprise Reporter for Jackson Newspapers in Jackson County, West Virginia. Have a news tip on local government or education? Or a good feature? You can reach Katelyn at kwaltemyer@jacksonnewspapers.com. Follow her on Twitter @Kate_Waltemyer.