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.

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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.