Bodies of Two Missing Recovered Over Weekend
Update, July 4, 2016:
A second body was recovered by rescue workers over the weekend in Greenbrier County, bringing the official death count to 22.
One person is still missing and presumed dead.
Original Story, July 2, 2016:
Officials with the West Virginia Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management confirmed the recovery of one body in Greenbrier County Saturday.
The deceased was one of three people missing in the county and presumed to be dead, bringing the confirmed death toll after floods in southeastern West Virginia to 21 with an expected total of 23. Crews are still searching for the two others.
FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, also announced two additional counties have been declared federal disaster areas after Governor Tomblin's request. Jackson and Lincoln Counties join 10 others given the declaration last week and will now be eligible for federal assistance.
Nearly 70 FEMA inspectors have conducted about 1,500 home inspections in the affected areas since flooding on June 24 and 25 destroyed or damaged thousands of homes and businesses. More than 5,000 West Virginians have registered to have a FEMA inspection as of July 1.
Members of the West Virginia National Guard are on the ground in the impacted areas, with nearly 650 members working to clear potentially hazardous debris from counties. General James Hoyer said last week he expects to keep several hundred of those members on active duty for weeks.