2 Presumed Drowned in West Virginia Found Alive

Men's camper was swept away
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 27, 2016 12:07 PM CDT
2 Presumed Drowned in West Virginia Found Alive
Constance Reynolds walks through the flood damaged kitchen of her home in Rainelle, W.Va., Sunday, June 26, 2016.    (Christian Tyler Randolph)

Two men who were presumed dead when their camper was swept away in rushing waters during the West Virginia floods have been found alive, officials said Monday as the rain-soaked state braced for another round of heavy rains. The discovery lowers the death toll to 23, state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Director Jimmy Gianato said in a statement. The number of dead includes 20 bodies found and three people who are missing and presumed dead, the AP reports. Details of where the two men were found alive were not immediately released. More heavy rain is forecast Monday for parts of the state.

"Everybody's just keeping an eye on the sky" as search and rescue teams continue to check whether everyone is accounted for, West Virginia Emergency Management Agency spokesman Tim Rock said. The National Weather Service warned downpours were possible in many areas already ravaged by flooding, including Kanawha and Nicholas counties. The forecast also included hardest-hit Greenbrier county, where floodwaters have yet to recede. Teams from the Federal Emergency Management Agency are taking stock of the damage and National Guard crews were removing debris, Rock said. Recovery teams plan to work as much as possible but may pull back if storms intensify, he said. (Read more West Virginia stories.)

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