ANSTED, W.Va. (AP) — The Latest on flooding that has devastated parts of West Virginia(all times local):
West Virginia officials say two men presumed dead in West Virginia flooding have been found alive.
In a memo Monday, 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. The details of where the men were found were not immediately released.
The discovery lowers the death toll to 23. That includes 20 bodies found and three people who are presumed dead.
National Guard teams are removing debris as authorities prepare for another round of expected storms after flooding devastated parts of the state.
West Virginia Emergency Management Agency spokesman Tim Rock said Monday that “everybody’s just keeping an eye on the sky” as search and rescue teams continue to check whether everyone is accounted for.
More heavy rains are forecast later Monday in West Virginia, where floodwaters have killed at least 25 people in the past week. More than 20 counties, most in the southern part of the state, were under a flash flood watch. The National Weather Service warned downpours were possible in many areas already ravaged by flooding.
Teams from the Federal Emergency Management Agency are taking stock of the damage and National Guard crews are removing debris, he said.
Rock said recovery teams plan to work as much as possible but may pull back if storms intensify.
More heavy rains are expected in West Virginia, where floodwaters have killed at least 25 people in the past week.
More than 20 counties were under a flash flood watch Monday. The National Weather Service says downpours were possible in many areas already ravaged by flooding, including Kanawha and Nicholas counties.
The forecast also includes hardest-hit Greenbrier County, where 17 people have died and floodwaters have yet to recede.
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin chief of staff Chris Stadelman says authorities still believe there are people missing in Greenbrier County.
As the next round of storms arrive, many residents are still trying to come to grips with ruined property and where they’ll live next.
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