Disastrous flood tears through West Virginia, Obama promises aid

uni1466924601{BNN/WEST VIRGINIA, U.S}. – Even as West Virginia continued to battle heavy flooding, authorities reportedly declared a federal disaster, in what is being dubbed as a “one-in-a-thousand-year event” by the National Weather Service.

Officials claimed that the disaster was declared in three counties that were hardest-hit by the flood after 10 inches of rain wrecked havoc in the region in merely 24 hours. Authorities declared a state of emergency in 44 out of 55 counties in West Virginia.

According to reports, Greenbrier County was the most affected with at least 16 people feared dead in the county after rain caused destruction to property and life, leaving debris floating around in the floodwaters.

Power lines and trees reportedly collapsed bringing life to a standstill in many parts of the region. Rescue operations continued in the county along with reports of deaths emerging from Ohio, Nicholas and Kanawha Counties leading the Federal Emergency Management Agency to seek assistance from the Governor to deal with the damages.

Reports also pointed out that hundreds of people were trapped in a shopping center and an entire golf course was submerged in rain water leading to the cancellation of the Greenbrier Classic tournament that was scheduled to be held from July 7 to 10.

The West Virginia Division of Homeland Security said on Twitter that over 32,000 homes and businesses were still without power across the state.

The death toll was reportedly the highest ever from flash floods in the nation since May 2010. In 2010, 27 people reportedly died in Tennessee, Kentucky and Mississippi.

Reports also added that U.S. President Barack Obama had expressed his sympathy and promised aid to Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin amidst the disaster

(Visited 122 times, 1 visits today)
About Cholo Brooks 15568 Articles
Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.