Jun 28, 2016

Once-in-a-Thousand-Year Flooding Devastates West Virginia, Killing At Least 23

Richwood, WV
Amy Goodman, Mayor-elect Bob Henry Baber
Democracy Now!
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Photo: Democracy Now!

In West Virginia, at least 23 people have died in once-in-a-thousand-year flooding. West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin has declared a state of emergency in 44 counties and has deployed the National Guard to help with search and rescue efforts. A number of people remain missing across the state. The severe rainfall inundated large parts of the town of Richwood, submerging cars and the first floors of many houses and businesses. We speak with Bob Henry Baber, the mayor-elect of Richwood, West Virginia, and the first member of the Mountain Party to be elected to public office in the state