CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin says early reports indicates more than 100 homes have been seriously damaged or destroyed and about 66,000 homes and businesses are still without power after a storm dropped 9 inches of rain on parts of the state.
Tomblin gave an update on the flooding during a news conference Friday. He said 17 shelters were open and 200 National Guard soldiers are actively helping in eight counties with swift water rescues, search and extraction efforts and health and welfare checks.
The governor has declared a state of emergency in 44 of 54 counties and authorized up to 500 soldiers to assist.
The governor says he had planned to fly around the hard hit areas, but wasn’t able to because all state aircraft used for rescues.