WV Flooding Leaves Some Homeless

By: Garon Wade Email
By: Garon Wade Email

More than 1,500 structures in West Virginia have been damaged because of flooding. Now Gov. Joe Manchin is taking swift action.

Sunday was not a great Mother's Day for many residents of southern West Virginia, who are suddenly finding themselves homeless because of the heavy rain that has devastated the area.

Water rushes through the streets past Charles Sloane's home, taking his belongings with it.

"Lost pretty much my bedroom. Lost everything, lost my Xbox, lost everything. Who knows what it's going to be like inside. We haven't seen it yet," says Sloane.

With almost six inches falling in less than 24 hours, Manchin has issued a state of emergency for several counties.

The declaration allows Manchin to direct state resources to the area, which includes Boone, Logan, McDowell, Mingo, Raleigh, Wyoming and surrounding counties.

"This is the fastest I've ever seen this creek come up since we've been there," says EMT Dallas Toler.

Three-hundred national guard troops have been activated to the area, ready to help residents, like Tammy Dotson, get back on their feet

"Just start cleaning up. Start over. That's all you can do," says Dotson.

As the rains settle, Sloane waits outside, remaining hopeful.

"Hopefully, we get a house," adds Sloane.

In Mingo County Sunday, seven workers made it out of a mine after flood waters trapped them below ground for more than a day. All seven workers are unharmed.

Many roads in the area remained closed Sunday, and officials continue to conduct damage assessments. About 2,300 people are without power.

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