West Virginia Flooding State of Emergency Declared
As of Sunday afternoon, there are 24 confirmed deaths due to the flooding.
— Spencer Daily (@Spencer_Daily) June 24, 2016
Over 500 people were stranded at a shopping center after a culvert connecting the mall area to Little Sandy Road was swept away by flood waters.
The National Guard attempted to bring in a temporary bridge to rescue those trapped however, the bridge they had is too short. Another bridge was sent in from Buckhannan, WV.
Number of people trapped in Elkview shopping center is confirmed. 500 people are starting to be rescued now.
— Brooke Thibodaux (@brooke_wchs) June 24, 2016
Governor Earl Ray Tomblin said today that state and local emergency officials are working to ensure the safety of residents across the state.
“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. 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.
“We understand many counties continue to experience significant problems and some waters continue to rise. Joanne and I are thinking continually about those affected by this disaster, and our thoughts and prayers are with those who lost loved ones. I appreciate the tireless efforts of first responders across the state, many of whom have volunteered to travel long distances to help those in the most affected areas.”
A State of Emergency declaration does not restrict travel or mandate the closing of businesses. In addition, a State of Emergency declaration does not mean the state will receive federal assistance.