More than 100 houses were damaged and 44 people are still missing after the large floods in the southwest of VirginiaUS officials said on Wednesday.
The flooding was due to strong rainy on Tuesday, and Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin declared a state of emergency on Wednesday, WSET-TV reported.
Several small communities in the area, which borders West Virginia and Kentucky, were affected by the flooding, according to the Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office.
What happened to the missing people in Virginia?
There are no confirmed deaths or injuries, Virginia authorities said Wednesday. Crews said many of the missing people are due to loved ones having difficulty contacting relatives they believe are still in the area, WDBJ-TV reported.
According to information in AmericanPost.Newslack of phone service is hampering efforts to contact residents.
“It doesn’t necessarily mean they’re in trouble or in danger,” Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chief Eric Breeding said at a news conference Wednesday. “They are just letting us know that we need to control these people.”
“We are deeply saddened to learn that another flood has affected a community that is still recovering from last year’s flood,” Youngkin said in a statement. “After the devastation, I want Virginians in Buchanan County to know that we are making every resource available to help those affected by this storm.”
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Flooding wreaked havoc in Virginia
According to the Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office, the flooding is concentrated in the Dismal River Road area of the county. Other affected areas included Patterson, Hale Creek, Pilgrim’s Knob, Whitewood and Jewell Valley, WSET reported.
“A lot of highways are blocked by mudslides,” said Bill Chrimes of the Virginia Department of Emergency Management. “The bridges are washed away. It will take time to restore that access, get in touch with everyone and make sure their basic needs are taken care of.”
The number of people missing from the flooding was expected to drop as water rescue teams continued to search the area, The Associated Press reported. US Representative Morgan Griffith said he was “committed to helping” people affected by the floods.
“My office and I have been monitoring the aftermath of this disaster,” Griffith said in a statement. “While I was in Washington to vote, I spoke with Governor Youngkin about the situation and have staff on site. I will continue to advocate for a response that meets the needs of the area. My heart goes out to the people of the county and the first responders on the ground.”
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