Update on Flood Impacts in the Seneca Rocks Area of Monongahela National Forest

Forest Service staff are continuing to assess damage to Forest roads, trails, and facilities from the June 30 flood in the Seneca Rocks area. At this time no Forest roads are closed due to the flood, although some roads may be washed out and have soft or missing shoulders.

 Seneca Rocks Discovery Center will re-open at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 3. The water system is inoperable, but portable toilets will be available.

White’s Run Road, a county road, is closed from Route 33 to the intersection of Rich Mountain Road. Forest visitors should access the Seneca Creek Backcountry and Spruce Knob in Pendleton County via Briery Gap Road, Sawmill Road, or Forest Road 112 from Highway 28.

 “Sudden and severe thunderstorms are common in West Virginia,” said Incident Commander John Fry. “Check the forecast regularly to see if you’re at risk for severe weather when visiting the Forest. Cell service is intermittent throughout Monongahela National Forest, so be sure to plan ahead for a variety of conditions.”

When storms occur, pay attention to your surroundings and your situation. Roads and bridges may be damaged by falling trees, downed powerlines, and other obstructions. Low-lying areas may be prone to flooding. Never drive through standing water.

Updates on flood impacts to Monongahela National Forest will be posted on https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ as new information becomes available.

For information on state and county roads visit http://wv511.org/#RoadConditionList.

Thanks to Kelly Bridges with the Monongahela National Forest for these updates.

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