CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin says 14 people have died during devastating flooding in the state.
Tomblin made the announcement Friday during a news conference. He says the damage is widespread and devastating. The governor says search and rescue missions are still a top priority.
A storm system dumped 9 inches of rain on parts of West Virginia and trapped 500 people in a shopping center when a bridge washed out. Dozens of other people had to be plucked off rooftops or rescued as waters quickly rose during the deluge.