Crews still searching for 3 people after Virginia flooding

APTOPIX Southwest Virginia Flooding
Posted at 11:30 AM, Jul 14, 2022

GRUNDY, Va. (AP) — Authorities in a remote corner of southwest Virginia have located all but three of the 44 people who were reported missing after devastating flooding.

Buchanan County Sheriff John McClanahan said Thursday that crews from state and local agencies worked throughout the night to locate and reunite residents with their loved ones. McClanahan said so far there are no reports of injuries or deaths.

First responders in Buchanan County began receiving reports of rising water and damage Tuesday night.

The water washed out roadways and damaged more than 100 homes.

Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin declared a state of emergency.

"I am deeply saddened at the devastating news of flooding in Buchanan County. We are making every resource available to help those impacted," he said. "While rescue and recovery operations continue, please join me in prayer as we lift up our fellow Virginians impacted by this tragedy."

Officials said more crews were being deployed Thursday to address three major impassable roadways in the area.