The Kanawha River is formed by the Gauley River after the dam on Summersville Lake. It flows northwest through Charleston and is joined by the New River before continuing southwest into the Ohio River.
In 2082, after the Summersville Dam was destroyed by David Thorpe during the Christmas Flood, the Kanawha River overflowed, devastating West Virginia's capital city. While the original banks of the river are still visible, the Kanawha is far more shallow, branching through Charleston in the riverbed's lowest elevations.
After the dried-up New River intersects the Kanawha, the river's course is almost completely barren, with only a few sparse patches of water remaining.