Heartbreaking flooding in West Virginia. Sincere thoughts and prayers for anyone in the affected region. If there are any Treepers in need of any assistance at all please send us an email or comment below and we’ll do whatever we can to assist.
(CNN) West Virginia rescue crews worked steadily overnight and into the morning to answer emergency calls from residents stranded by fast-moving floodwaters that state officials say have killed at least 23 people.
Heavy rain battered much of the state earlier this week, and floodwaters pouring out of creeks and rivers prompted scores of rescue calls. Utilities were working to restore power for residents and businesses.
The high waters were receding Saturday, but officials, such as those in Kanawha County, are warning people to watch out for “flood debris, downed power lines and downed trees.”
Along with responding to rescue emergencies, Kanawha County Sheriff spokesman Brian Humphreys said deputies were going to pharmacies to get medications for people affected by the flooding.
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin activated 200 National Guard members to assist in eight counties and has authorization to activate as many as 300 more, if needed.
Tomblin declared states of emergency in 44 counties Thursday night. Eleven remaining counties, located in the northern and eastern panhandles, were excluded from the emergency declaration. The communities of Elkview, Clendenin and Frame, located in Kanawha County, were particularly hard hit.
He said the flooding is the worst in a century for some parts of the state.
“Together with the National Guard, our first responders, local emergency management officials and firefighters from across the state have been working around the clock, and we are deeply appreciative of their efforts,” Tomblin said in a statement.
Twenty-three deaths have been reported by the West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, including 15 in Greenbrier County, and six in Kanawha County.
At least two children were killed in the deluge, including a 4-year-old boy who was washed away by floodwaters in Jackson County, officials said. (read more)
If we have anyone in the area that needs help please reach out. OR if you are not in the area but have family there, and they need help, let us know ASAP. We can be a resourceful bunch when needed. We will do anything possible to help. West Virginian’s are good people.
In the interim, our sincere thoughts and prayers are extended to this entire region, and the families and friends within West Virginia who have lost a loved one.
God of compassion,
You created a world for us
To know your love and peace
Yet amidst the beauty of creation
We encounter pain and hurt
And forces beyond our control.
At times like this our hearts are shaken and ache with sorrow
At the destruction of our lives, homes and livelihoods.
Hear our prayers for those affected by the floods
And for all those working
To bring relief and fresh hope.