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Officials in Virginia, USA report over 40 people unaccounted for after flash floods swept through parts of Buchanan County on 13 July 2022.
Meanwhile 14 people were rescued after flash floods in Sevier County, Tennessee.
Flash Floods in Buchanan County, Virginia
Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin declared a state of emergency to assist with response and recovery efforts due to impacts from heavy rainfall and severe flooding.
In a statement the governor said the severe weather hit parts of the Southwest region of the state on 12 July and continued into the early morning hours of 13 July. Heavy rainfall caused flash flooding in Buchanan County, along with power outages, impacts to roads and other infrastructure, and significant resource and operational challenges.
Raging flash floods ripped through a valley in the rural county of Buchanan. Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office said the concentration of the flooding is in the Dismal River Road area which runs alongside Dismal Creek. Affected communities include Patterson, Pilgrims Knob, Whitewood and Jewell Valley. Over 100 homes are thought to have been damaged, with some of them ripped from their foundations. Local observers said flood water was up to 11 feet (3.4 metres) deep. All roads were closed in the area.