(CHARLESTON, W.Va.) — Dramatic video shows a burning building getting swept away in fast-moving flood waters in West Virginia during flooding that Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin called “among the worst in a century for some parts of the state.”
The footage shows shocked residents watching the building float by as the fire sends smoke into the air.
Four deaths have been reported from flooding in the state, three in Kanawha County and one in Ohio County, according to Tim Rock at the West Virginia Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. A toddler was also swept away in Jackson County, said Rock.
The video was taken in the town of White Sulphur Springs, in Greenbrier County. Officials in the county could not immediately be reached for comment.
A state of emergency has been declared in 44 of West Virginia’s 55 counties.
“I have authorized the deployment of up to 150 members of the West Virginia National Guard to assist local emergency responders as we continue to evaluate the situation,” Gov. Tomblin said Friday.
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