West Virginia Flooding State of Emergency Declared

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As of Friday afternoon, there are 14 confirmed deaths due to the flooding.

Over 500 people were stranded at a shopping center after a culvert connecting the mall area to Little Sandy Road was swept away by flood waters.

The National Guard attempted to bring in a temporary bridge to rescue those trapped however, the bridge they had is too short. Another bridge was sent in from Buckhannan, WV.

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin said today that state and local emergency officials are working to ensure the safety of residents across the state.

“The flooding we experienced Thursday and into today is among the worst in a century for some parts of the state,” Gov. Tomblin said. “Our team in the Emergency Operations Center worked through the night and continues to coordinate efforts with local officials today.

“On Thursday evening I declared a State of Emergency for 44 counties, including all but the Northern and Eastern Panhandles. I have authorized the deployment of up to 150 members of the West Virginia National Guard to assist local emergency responders as we continue to evaluate the situation today.

“We understand many counties continue to experience significant problems and some waters continue to rise. Joanne and I are thinking continually about those affected by this disaster, and our thoughts and prayers are with those who lost loved ones. I appreciate the tireless efforts of first responders across the state, many of whom have volunteered to travel long distances to help those in the most affected areas.”

A State of Emergency declaration does not restrict travel or mandate the closing of businesses. In addition, a State of Emergency declaration does not mean the state will receive federal assistance.

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State of Emergency: 1 Child Dead, Another Missing

Photo: Patty Bess Fletcher

Photo: Patty Bess Fletcher

Severe flooding is occurring in West Virginia this evening, as 5 to 9 inches of rain has fallen today. This evening, an 8-year old boy died after  he was swept away by water. Another younger boy is also still being searched for in Jackson County near the Ohio River. Police say, a 2- to 4-year-old boy was swept away by swift waters outside the city of Ravenswood.

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin has issued a state of emergency declaration to 44 of the 55 counties in West Virginia, giving those areas access to state resources for response efforts to flooding. The heavy rain has caused rockslides, mudslides and flooding and damaged homes, businesses, roads and bridges.

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