WHITEWOOD, Va. (AP) — Authorities say flooding in a remote corner of southwest Virginia has damaged more than 100 homes but there are no confirmed deaths or injuries despite some 40 people being unaccounted for.
Officials said at a news conference Wednesday that the flooding occurred in Virginia's Buchanan County.
Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin declared a state of emergency to aid in the rescue and recovery efforts from Tuesday's floodwaters.
Authorities said the number unaccounted for was expected to decline as swift-water rescue teams continue their work.
Buchanan County also suffered serious flooding damage last year, when the remnants of a hurricane hit the area in September, washing away homes and leaving one person dead.
Those reported missing are a mixture of adults and children, officials said.
Officials said those missing lived in affected areas that currently have limited or no phone service so relatives couldn't get a hold of them.