Authorities in south-western Virginia say dozens of people were unaccounted for, and likely over a hundred homes were damaged after heavy rains caused severe flooding in rural Buchanan County.
No deaths have been reported, says sheriff’s office chief deputy Eric Breeding.
Authorities have been investigating reports of 44 people who were unaccounted for, the sheriff’s office said on Wednesday.
Authorities are continuing to survey the damage. They said that landslides and road conditions had created obstacles for the 18th search and rescue teams responding to the flooding.
Many roads in the region have been closed because of the flooding. Breeding urged residents to avoid driving unless essential. A family reunification Centre and an emergency shelter were set up at a local elementary and middle school.
“We ask that everyone please pray for this area,” Breeding said. “Please pray for those affected by this flooding.”
The surge comes less than a year after Buchanan County suffered severe flooding damage when the remnants of a hurricane hit the area in August 2021, wiping away homes and leaving one person dead.