Thirty years ago this November, a storm dumped up to 8 inches of rain across the state causing catastrophic flooding.

22 Counties were declared disaster areas.

via WVCulture.org

via WVCulture.org

This is what Philippi looked like downtown:

via WV Encyclopedia

via WV Encyclopedia

This is what Philippi looked like from the air:

via NWS

via NWS

The flooding spread across the state. From Harper’s Ferry:

To Glenville:

The hardest hit areas included Tucker and Preston Counties. Take a look at this report from NBC News:

Just how powerful were those floodwaters? This was all that was left of a bridge in Rowlesburg, Preston County:

via USGS

via USGS

This is what floodwater did to railroad tracks in its path:

via WV Encyclopedia

via WV Encyclopedia

We remember the 47 West Virginians killed.

Did you live through the great floods of 1985? Tell us your story in the comments.

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