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At least 4 deaths reported in West Virginia flooding

Los Angeles Times

At least four deaths have been reported in flooding that has devastated parts of West Virginia, a state official said Friday morning. Chris Stadelman, West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's communications director, said three people have died in Kanawha County and a fourth died in Wheeling. He didn't have details and said the numbers don't include a young boy who crews have been looking for after he was swept away by swift water Thursday in Jackson County. Stadelman said some areas in the state were "probably looking at flooding that's going to be the worst in 100 years." Storms with heavy rain rolled into West Virginia early Thursday and continued throughout the day, leaving tens of thousands without power and several roads impassable due to high water.


'WORST IN 100 YEARS': Catastrophic flooding in West Virginia kills 23, destroys roads, washes away homes

FOX News

At least 23 people have died from flooding in West Virginia, and officials fear that number will continue to climb. Earlier Friday, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin told a news conference that at least 14 people had died. However, a spokesman for the West Virginia Division of Homeland Security confirmed the high death toll Friday afternon. "Our focus remains on search and rescue," Tomblin said, later adding: "It's been a long 24 hours and the next 24 hours may not be much easier." Earlier Friday, Greenbrier County Sheriff Jan Cahill described "complete chaos" in his county, which appeared to be the hardest hit.


DEATH TOLL CLIMBS At least 20 killed in historic West Virginia flooding

FOX News

Earlier Friday, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin told a news conference that at least 14 people had died. However, a spokesman for the West Virginia Division of Homeland Security confirmed the high death toll Friday afternon. "Our focus remains on search and rescue," Tomblin said, later adding: "It's been a long 24 hours and the next 24 hours may not be much easier." Earlier Friday, Greenbrier County Sheriff Jan Cahill described "complete chaos" in his county, which appeared to be the hardest hit. "Roads destroyed, bridges out, homes burned down, washed off foundations," he told the Associated Press.


Virginia woman, boyfriend charged with kidnapping boy, 2, from church nursery as motive remains unknown

FOX News

Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com. A Virginia woman and her boyfriend were charged Monday with the kidnapping of a 2-year-old boy from a small-town church nursery – a disappearance that sparked a widespread search by the FBI and state and local law enforcement and ended just over 24 hours later with the child's safe recovery. At a press conference Monday afternoon, Giles County Sheriff Morgan Millirons announced that a first arrest had been made in the abduction of 2-year-old Noah Gabriel Trout. Nancy Renee Fridley, 44, of Clifton Forge, Virginia, is charged with one count of abduction and one count of felony child endangerment.


West Virginia governor says 14 people dead in flooding

Associated Press

A deluge of 9 inches of rain on parts of West Virginia destroyed or damaged more than 100 homes, knocked out power to tens of thousands of homes and businesses and killed 14 people, Gov. About 500 people were stranded overnight in a shopping center when a bridge washed out, and dozens of other people had to be plucked off rooftops or rescued as waters quickly rose during the storm. Kanawha County officials reported at least 70 water rescues. Three emergency workers were injured during a water rescue in Alleghany County, officials said.