Monday, June 27, 2016

West Virginia Floods Leave Two Dozen Dead

By Douglas V. Gibbs
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Flooding has had its way in West Virginia, and the flood waters have taken 23 lives so far.  The continuous rains have finally reached a break, allowing the sun to peak through the angry clouds.  Receding flood waters has allowed search and rescue teams to go door-to-door to search for people who hadn't been heard from since the downpours began Thursday.

Disaster relief is being sent in as hundreds of homes in the State show damage, or are completely destroyed.  Red Cross has reported that more than 400 people are in their shelters.

A federal disaster declaration has been signed by President Barack Obama with a promise by the federal government to also send in assistance.

Currently, 9,294-plus are  without power.  Some power has been restored.  Over the weekend the number of those without electricity was over 10,000.  On Saturday that number was above 20,000.

The governor of West Virginia declared a state of emergency Friday in 44 counties throughout the State.  According to officials, the flooding being experienced in West Virginia is "the worst in a century" for many areas.  About 500 homes were damaged just in the county of Roane, with about 15,000 residents, according to the Division of Homeland Security.

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