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Death total from West Virginia floods lowered to 23 after two presumed dead found alive

Flooding leaves a path of destruction in Greenbrier County, where state officials say 15 people were killed. The West Virginia Medical Examiner's Office has revised the death total after two people presumed dead in Greenbrier County were found alive. (Ryan Lockhart Photo)

CHARLESTON, WV (WCHS/WVAH) -- The West Virginia Medical Examiner's Office has revised the number of deaths due to the floods down to 23 after two people believed to have been swept away in a camper in Greenbrier County and had been presumed dead were found alive.

The West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management said in a news release that the new total is 20 confirmed fatalities and three people missing and presumed dead.

Fatality totals by county include 15 in Greenbrier County (12 confirmed, three missing and presumed dead), six in Kanawha, one in Ohio and one in Jackson County.

Devastating floods across the state last week left a path of destruction, prompting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to declare a state of emergency in 44 of the state's 55 counties.


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