The Latest: Authorities recover body after weeklong search
Jul. 29, 2017
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Latest on flooding in West Virginia (all times local):
West Virginia authorities have recovered the body of a 19-year-old woman who was swept away by flash flooding earlier in the week.
Officials say Page Geller's body was found in the Ohio River on Saturday. Geller and 24-year-old Michael Grow were in a van on Sunday that rolled into a stream following heavy rains. Grow was pulled from the floodwaters and later died at a hospital. Ohio County Emergency Management Director Lou Vargo said authorities did not find Geller until early Saturday morning when heavy rains again caused flooding in the northern parts of the state.
West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has declared a state of emergency and has mobilized the National Guard in response to the most recent flooding. No other fatalities or major injuries have been reported.
West Virginia's Attorney General is warning against price gouging after heavy rains caused flooding in the northern parts of the state.
Attorney General Patrick Morrisey said Gov. Jim Justice's decision to declare a state of emergency in six counties triggered laws against businesses or contractors raising prices more than 10 percent what it cost 10 days prior to the declaration. The law will remain in effect for 30 days or until the declaration is lifted, whichever is longer, with some exceptions.
Anyone who believes they have been the victim of price gouging should file a complaint with the attorney general's office.
Morrisey said he is "very concerned" by the pictures, video and reports coming from the affected areas.
Gov. Jim Justice has declared a state of emergency for parts of northern West Virginia with flooding from heavy rains.
Counties included in the Saturday morning declaration are Ohio, Marshall, Wetzel, Marion, Monongalia and Harrison.
According to the governor's office, state and county emergency officials are evacuating some areas and the West Virginia National Guard has been mobilized to help.
The National Weather Service reports that between 2 and 3.5 inches of rain has fallen over a flood warning area, including Morgantown, with many roads closed Saturday morning.
The service says rain is letting up but streams will flow over their banks through early afternoon.
The Wheeling Intelligencer and News-Register reports (http://bit.ly/2tM5UbX ) authorities recovered a body from the Ohio River they believe is a teenager missing in last weekend's flooding.