A deluge of 9 inches of rain on parts of West Virginia killed at least 25 people, destroyed or damaged more than 100 homes, knocked out power to tens of thousands of homes and businesses since Thursday.
West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management has recently confirmed 25 deaths due to the floods. West Virginia’s Governor Earl Ray Tomblin has called in hundreds of National Guardsmen to help with search and rescue efforts. Authorities have yet to start sizing up the flood damage in West Virginia, but it is drawing comparisons to November 1985 floods that remain the state’s most expensive natural disaster with more than $570 million in damage.
About 18,000 homes and businesses remained without power Sunday. Water is still not running in the Clendenin area, and residents are filling up jugs of water at stations provided by West Virginia American Water.
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