Death toll in W. Va. floods rises to 23

The death toll from flooding in West Virginia has risen to 23 and thousands of residents are still without power.


Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said Friday night that 200 National Guard members have been deployed to assist with search-and-rescue operations and 300 more have been authorized, according to NBC News

"Please continue to work together and support each other as West Virginians always do," Tomblin said at a news conference.

Earlier on Friday, authorities had put the number of deaths at 14, including a toddler who had been swept away from his grandfather by floodwaters.

The flood also trapped 500 people in a shopping center for over 24 hours before emergency crews could evacuate many of them. Some chose to stay.

Tomblin declared a state of emergency in 44 of West Virginia’s 55 counties.