[Environment] DISASTERS: FLOODS : UNITED STATES: STATES: WEST VIRGINIA : ENVIRONMENT: GLOBAL WARMING AND CLIMATE CHANGE: At Least 26 Dead as Historic Floods Sweep West Virginia

 

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DISASTERS: FLOODS :

UNITED STATES: STATES: WEST VIRGINIA :

ENVIRONMENT: GLOBAL WARMING AND CLIMATE CHANGE:

At Least 26 Dead as Historic Floods Sweep West Virginia

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At Least 26 Dead as Historic Floods Sweep West Virginia

Doug Stanglin and Doyle Rice

USA TODAY

8:29 a.m. EDT June 25, 2016

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2016/06/24/
2-dead-floods-sweep-west-virginia/86329316/

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The bodies of three more victims of West Virginia’s historic flooding were found overnight, according to county authorities, raising the death toll to 26 from torrential rains and high water thatg has destroyed more than 100 homes, washed out scores of roads and bridges and knocked out power to tens of thousands of people.

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The Kanawha County sheriff’s office said Saturday that one man was found in a home in the Clendenin area and two females were found in a home along the Elk River. The officials said it is presumed that all three had drowned.

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At least 23 others, including an 8-year-old boy who was wading in a foot of water, were killed in the torrential flooding after as much as 8-10 inches of rain fell in six to eight  hours in parts of the state on Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. This amount of rain in such a short time is likely a “one-in-a-thousand-year event,” the weather service said.

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It was the third-deadliest flood on record in West Virginia, according to the West Virginia state climatologist Kevin Law. Only the Buffalo Creek flood in 1972 (when 125 died after a dam break) and a November 1985 flood (when 38 died from a combination of Hurricane Juan’s remnants and another storm) killed more in the state, Law said.

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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin told reporters Friday that damage is widespread and devastating. Saying search and rescue missions are still a top priority, Tomblin issued a state of emergency for 44 counties and deployed 150 members of the National Guard to help emergency responders.

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The flooding was “among the worst in a century” for some parts of West Virginia, ABC News quoted the governor as saying.

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Tomblin’s chief of staff, Chris Stadelman, said 14 deaths had been confirmed by the state medical examiner. But local sheriffs and rescue workers across the state confirmed others not yet included in the state’s official tally, the Associated Press reported.

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Sheriff Jan Cahill of Greenbrier county, one of the hardest hit areas, said at least 13 were killed there. Three were killed in Kanawha County and one each in Ohio and Jackson counties.

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The heavy rains and rising water swamped towns, inundated a two-century old resort and trapped 500 people in a shopping center when a bridge was washed out. The storm also knocked out power to 66,000 West Virginians, and forced the shut off of gas in the town of White Sulphur Springs, Tomblin said.

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