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Two found dead; homes swept away by WV storms

Charleston Gazette-Mail photo by F. Brian Ferguson Esmail Mano, a truck driver from Chicago, runs from a mudslide that engulfed his truck in the northbound lane of Interstate 79 in Roane County on Thursday evening.
Charleston Gazette-Mail photo by F. Brian Ferguson
Esmail Mano, a truck driver from Chicago, runs from a mudslide that engulfed his truck in the northbound lane of Interstate 79 in Roane County on Thursday evening.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — At least two children and several homes were swept away by high water in West Virginia on Thursday. The Nicholas County town of Richwood and The Greenbrier resort were among several places at least partly under water, prompting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to call a state of emergency in 44 of the state’s 55 counties.

It was confirmed Thursday evening that a man drowned in Clendenin, Kanawha County, said Brooke Hylbert, Kanawha Metro 911 agency coordinator. She said it happened after 8 p.m. in the area of Frame Road. She didn’t have any further information.

In Jackson County, a small boy was swept away by a rising creek around 4:30 p.m., officials said. The boy, who was about 4 years old, was swept away by an offshoot of Sandy Creek along Utah Road near Ravenswood, said Chad Walters, deputy director of Jackson County 911 Communications.

Walters had little information about the boy, including a description of what happened. He said three local fire departments, police and medics were searching for the child.

In Wheeling, emergency crews were searching Thursday for an 8-year-old child…

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