UPDATE: Two men presumed dead in flooding found alive

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UPDATE 6/27/16 @10:30 a.m.
ANSTED, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- West Virginia officials say two men presumed dead in flooding have been found alive.

State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Director Jimmy Gianato says two men thought to have been swept away in a camper in Greenbrier County were found alive.

Details on where the men were found have not been released.

The discovery lowers the death toll to 23. That includes 20 bodies found and three people who are presumed dead.



UPDATE 6/26/16 @7:50 p.m.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The West Virginia State Medical Examiner's Office has confirmed another death due to flooding.

The total number is now 25.

-17 Greenbrier
-6 Kanawha
-1 Ohio
-1 Jackson

UPDATE 6/25/16 @ 5:50 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The fatality count from the flooding has risen with the recovery of a body today found in Greenbrier County. This brings the count from 23 to 24.

-16 found in Greenbrier County
-6 in Kanawha County
-1 in Ohio County
-1 in Jackson County

UPDATE 6/25/16 @ 10:04 a.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The death toll from floodwaters in West Virginia still stands at 23.

According to officials, 15 people have been killed in Greenbrier County, 6 in Kanawha County, one in Ohio County and another in Jackson County.

The latest deaths were reported Friday night in Kanawha County when three additional people were found dead.

One man was found dead inside a home in Elkview, another two women were found in a home in Clendenin.

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UPDATE 6/24/16 @ 11:41 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- The death toll from floodwaters that ravaged West Virginia has climbed to 23, and officials worry more will be found as they begin to clear the rubble.

The tiny town of Rainelle in Greenbrier County in the southeastern part of the state took the brunt of the devastation. The state Division of Homeland Security reported 15 people killed in Greenbrier County and rescue efforts continue.

Three were killed in Kanawha County. Two young boys also died, one in Ohio County and another in Jackson County.

Hundreds more were left homeless and thousands without power.

Nearly 42,000 people remained without electricity Friday evening, according to the state Division of Homeland Security.

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., issued the following statement about the natural disaster:

“The flood waters have absolutely devastated 44 counties throughout West Virginia and Gayle and I are sending our prayers to the family and friends of those who we have lost, those missing and everyone impacted by this tragedy. I have toured the damage left by the flood waters in Elkview, Clendenin and surrounding areas and am working with Governor Tomblin, the entire West Virginia Delegation and the White House on assisting those affected. I urge all West Virginians to listen to local advisories, to stay safe and to contact my office at 304-342-5855 with concerns. If you need assistance, and if you are elderly, disabled or ill and cannot access water, please call the Emergency Operations Center at 304-746-8828.”

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UPDATE 6/24/16 @ 5:15 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ/AP) -- The death toll from the floods that ravaged West Virginia has risen to 18, and officials fear the number will continue to climb.

Chris Stadelman, chief of staff for Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, said 14 deaths have been confirmed by the state medical examiner.

But local sheriffs and rescue workers across the state confirmed others not yet included in the state's official tally.

Greenbrier County was one of the hardest hit areas. Sheriff Jan Cahill said at least 13 were killed there.

Three were killed in Kanawha County and one each in Ohio and Jackson counties.

Stadelman said at least 100 homes were destroyed.

John Manchester, mayor of the hard-hit town of Lewisburg in Greenbrier County, said a stretch of highway was completely washed away. Houses were thrown from their foundations and the rubble lines creek beds all over the county.

Rescue crews are braving thick mud and oppressive humidity to search for those still unaccounted for.



UPDATE 6/24/16 @ 3:12 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The Kanawha County Sheriff's Office has released more information on the deadly flooding in the county.

Across the state, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin says 15 people have died due to the storms.

In Kanawha county, there have been three deaths.

Investigators say about 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Melissa Hess, 47, got trapped in her SUV in water along Wills Creek near Clendenin.

While on the phone with a 911 operator, Hess described the rising water coming into her SUV.

First responders were unable to access Wills Creek Road and reach her from I-79 and other directions. The call disconnected at 4:57 p.m.

Her body and vehicle were later located.

About 8:30 p.m. Thursday, investigators report the body of a man, believed to be in his 60s, was found along Jordan Creek Road. His name has not been released.

Investigators say the third reported death in the county involved a hospice patient. Responders were not able to reach her residence due to the flood waters.

First responders are still working to save those stranded, treat those injured, and get food and water to those trapped who can't be evacuated.

They are also responding to all other emergencies that arise and attempting to prevent more injuries by closing roadways.

The body of 4-year-old Edward McMillion was found Friday morning in Ravenswood, in Jackson County. He was swept away by floodwaters on Utah Road Thursday afternoon.

An 8-year-old boy died in Ohio County after being swept away by a creek in Elm Grove.

10 deaths have been reported in Greenbrier County, West Virginia.

According to WV MetroNews, Sheriff Jan Cahill says two bodies were found in the White Sulphur area. He believed they were swept away from a home. Sheriff Cahill says there are several other residents who have not been accounted for.



UPDATE 6/24/16 @ 12:52 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ/AP) -- At least seven people are now dead after flood waters ravaged parts of West Virginia.

Three people have died in Kanawha County, including a woman who emergency officials say was swept away in her vehicle in Clendenin.

The body of 4-year-old Edward McMillion was found Friday morning in Ravenswood, in Jackson County. He was swept away by floodwaters on Utah Road Thursday afternoon.

An 8-year-old boy died in Ohio County after being swept away by a creek in Elm Grove.

Two deaths have been reported in Greenbrire County, West Virginia. According to WV MetroNews, Sheriff Jan Cahill says two bodies were found in the White Sulphur area. He believed they were swept away from a home. Sheriff Cahill says there are several other residents who have not been accounted for.



UPDATE 6/24/16 @ 9:25 a.m.
CHARLESTON, W.VA. (AP/WSAZ) -- A West Virginia official says there are four confirmed fatalities from flooding that has devastated parts of the state.

Chris Stadelman, who is Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's communications director, said Friday morning that three people died in Kanawha County and a fourth died in Wheeling. He didn't have details and said the numbers don't include a young boy who crews have been looking for after he was swept away by swift water Thursday in Jackson County.

Storms with heavy rain rolled into West Virginia early Thursday and continued throughout the day leaving thousands without power and several roads impassable from high water.

Stadelman said Friday morning that some areas were "devastated." He said the hardest hit counties included Greenbrier, Nicholas, Fayette, Kanawha and Webster.

A press conference on the flooding emergency in Kanawha County is set for 10:30 a.m. WSAZ will stream the conference live on our WSAZ Facebook page.

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UPDATE 6/24/16 @ 6:15 a.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- At least two people are dead following historic floods in much of the county.

Kanawha County Sheriff's Office dispatchers confirm that a woman died around 1 a.m. Friday in the flood waters along Wills Creek Road near Frame.

Dispatchers say the woman was in her car when high water swept it away. This happened a few miles away from where an elderly man died in rising waters in Jordan Creek on Thursday.

Officials are not releasing the woman's name at this time.

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ORIGINAL STORY 6/23/16 @ 11:22 p.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- 911 dispatchers in Kanawha County have confirmed at least one fatality due to flood waters Thursday.

Dispatchers tell us an elderly man died in Jordan Creek.

They say there have been hundreds of weather related calls to the 911 center just from the Jordan Creek area.

No other details are being released at this time.

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