West Virginia flooding kills 1, governor declares preparedness


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West Virginia streets were flooded Friday after several inches of heavy rain fell in and around the Ohio River community.

Fox Weather reported that one person was killed and several others were rescued during the event.

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The victim was farming in Cabell County when he was swept away by rising floodwaters, according to West Virginia emergency management officials.

WSAZ reported that the Cabell County Sheriff’s Office identified the man as 63-year-old Denver Edmunds.

Huntington Mayor Steve Williams said there was severe damage to public and private property, as well as an interruption of utility services.

williams declared a state of emergency for the city and asked residents to closely monitor weather and emergency updates and not attempt to drive through water.

Schools were closed early Friday in Cabell and Wayne counties and first responders helped guide families out of their homes in some areas.

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Governor Jim Justice declared a state of preparedness for all 55 West Virginia counties due to the threat of storms, which were expected to continue through the weekend.

The statement directs the state Emergency Operations Center and its partner agencies to prepare to respond and the governor’s office said coordinating agencies are put on hold to report to the Emergency Operations Center of State.

“Government of Justice and WVEMD are asking all West Virginians to remain alert to weather conditions through local media and to follow all instructions issued by emergency officials,” the office said.

Saturday morning the rain was expected to continue – although much lighter than Friday.

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Last August, more than four inches of rain caused severe flooding in Huntington, inundating parked cars.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.




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