Obama Declares Federal Disaster in West Virginia Flood Areas
Rains up to 10 inches in West Virginia brought a weekend of devastating flooding, cresting faster than ever recorded and claiming the lives of 24 people, including two children. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, who called the floods the worst in a century, declared emergencies in 44 counties, deployed 200 national guardsmen to aid the rescue and recovery effort, while President Obama made federal disaster funding available in three hard-hit counties. The waters also inundated the Greenbriar Resort in White Sulphur Springs, forcing the PGA to cancel next week’s Greenbrier Classic tournament.