Governor to tour Buchanan County flood area

Rescue crews responded to Buchanan County to help find people still unaccounted for.
Rescue crews responded to Buchanan County to help find people still unaccounted for.(Billy Bowling)
Published: Jul. 14, 2022 at 9:32 AM EDT|Updated: Jul. 14, 2022 at 12:17 PM EDT
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BUCHANAN COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ) - Governor Glenn Youngkin will tour an area of far southwest Virginia severely damaged by flooding this week. He plans a visit Friday.

His office says he “will visit with families and first responders, aid in relief efforts, and tour areas impacted by heavy rainfall and severe flooding in Buchanan County.”

According to the Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office, search and rescue crews have located all the people who had been listed as unaccounted for after the severe flooding Tuesday night into Wednesday.

No deaths have been reported.

The public is asked to stay away from the Dismal River Road area of Grundy while cleanup is underway.

Search and rescue crews from around the region responded to help local officials with the post-flooding effort Wednesday.

At least 100 homes are estimated to have been destroyed or damaged.

The agency said floodwaters are receding and the county is working with the Virginia Department of Transportation to remove debris and mud from roads.

Appalachian Power has crews scheduled to work through the weekend to restore service to homes that are able to accept service. There are many homes that are too damaged to receive power, according to an AEP spokesperson.

The public is urged not to take unsolicited donations to the area; instead, make donations to reputable organizations of your choice. Click here to donate through United Way. Physical donations can be taken to Twin Valley Elementary School, 9017 Riverside Drive, Oakwood, VA.

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