National Guard aids cleanup efforts from W.Va. flash floods

July 1, 2019
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A road is washed out in the Harman area of Randolph County, W.V., Sunday, June 30, 2019. Severe thunderstorms caused flash flooding that knocked homes off their foundations and washed out roads in several mountainous counties of West Virginia, and some state lawmakers asked Gov. Jim Justice on Sunday to declare a state of emergency. (Destiny Judy/Daily Inter-Mountain via AP)

ELKINS, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia National Guard is helping with cleanup efforts in parts of the state hit by severe weekend flooding.

The National Guard says in a news release eight soldiers were in Randolph County on Monday. Six will help with supply deliveries, emergency transportation and other needs in flood-hit communities. Two other soldiers will work with county emergency officials to conduct damage assessments.

Gov. Jim Justice has directed the National Guard and the state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management to use all available assets to help in flood response efforts.

Justice on Sunday declared an emergency in Grant, Pendleton, Preston, Randolph and Tucker counties. The floods knocked homes off their foundations and washed out bridges and roads, including parts of four-lane U.S. Route 33.

There were no reports of deaths or serious injuries.

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