CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – Teams were rescuing people from second-story windows, the hoods of cars and the tops of trees as floodwaters drenched southeastern West Virginia and killed at least 26.
The death toll was still rising Friday night as officials continued to search for stranded people.
Crews were going door to door to check on residents, a painstaking task that could stretch into the weekend.
The governor has declared a state of emergency in 44 of 54 counties and authorized up to 500 soldiers to assist.
The roaring water uprooted trees, tore down bridges, washed away roads and knocked out power and phone service to thousands of homes. Families were left with nothing but the clothes on their backs.
More than 100 homes were destroyed, some torn from their foundations and carried away.