14 dead in West Virginia flooding

14 dead in West Virginia flooding
At least 14 people have died after intense flooding in West Virginia that has led to the governor declaring a state of emergency in most parts of the state.
 
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin (D) announced the death toll during a press conference Friday afternoon after receiving a briefing from the National Guard.
 
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"Our focus remains on search and rescue," he said. Two boys, ages 4 and 8, were among those who died in the flooding, according to multiple reports.
 
The governor offered condolences to families of the victims and said that 100 homes had been seriously damaged or destroyed as a result of the flooding.
 
Tomblin said "the next 24 hours may not be much easier" and spoke of the "enormous amount of recovery work" facing the state in the coming days.
 
Tomblin has declared a state of emergency in 44 of the state's 55 counties.
 

Other lawmakers, including Sen. Shelley Moore CapitoShelley Wellons Moore CapitoThis week: House jump-starts effort to prevent shutdown Congress set to ignore Trump's wall request in stopgap measure America is in desperate need of infrastructure investment: Senate highway bill a step in the right direction MORE (R-W.Va.), tweeted about meeting with officials and their response to the flooding in others parts of the state.

- Updated at 3:09 p.m.