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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.


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.


At least 14 dead in West Virginia floods, sheriff describes 'complete chaos

FOX News

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – At least 14 people have died from devastating floods in West Virginia, the state's governor told a news conference Friday. Earl Ray Tomblin described the damage in the state as widespread and devastating, noting that search and rescue missions were still a top priority. 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. Pavement just peeled off like a banana.


The Latest: West Virginia governor asks for disaster help

Associated Press

A statement from his office says Tomblin made an expedited verbal request to the Federal Emergency Management Agency on Saturday for individual assistance for Kanawha, Greenbrier and Nicholas counties. The state Division of Homeland Security reported 15 people killed in Greenbrier County and rescue efforts continue. Earl Ray Tomblin says a deluge of 9 inches of rain damaged or destroyed more than 100 homes, knocked out power to tens of thousands of homes and businesses and killed 14 people. The body of a 4-year-old boy who slipped into a rushing creek during a flood that devastated West Virginia was found Friday morning, raising the flood's death toll to five.


The Latest: Flood victims can now apply for federal aid

Associated Press

State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Director Jimmy Gianato says the 24th confirmed fatality occurred in Greenbrier County. Contact local emergency management officials to receive assistance: http://1.usa.gov/28S0v8c The PGA Tour says the Greenbrier Classic scheduled for next month has been canceled because of the devastating flooding in West Virginia. Division Director Jimmy Gianato updated the death toll in a news release late Friday. The state Division of Homeland Security reported 15 people killed in Greenbrier County and rescue efforts continue.