Flooding In West Virginia Claims At Least 2 Lives
The Associated Press is reporting that flooding in West Virginia has claimed at least two lives. One is reportedly a boy and the other is an adult.
West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin released a statement on the situation.
“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,” he said. “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.”
The Associated Press is also reporting that there are massive power outages and several roads are “impassible.”
The West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency tweeted this: “many responders are working around the state to rescue stranded citizens. Please keep them in your prayers with those stranded.”
Governor Tomblin said that the West Virginia Department of Transportation has released a list of road closures and other pertinent information for travelers. He said for the latest updates, click here.