Greenbrier Classic cancelled due to flooding

West Virginia Natural Resources police officer Chris Lester, left, walks into the top floor of a flooded home as he and Lt. Dennis Feazell search homes in Rainelle, West Virginia, Saturday, June the 25th, 2016.

Early Ray Tomblin said he had requested help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to assist in three particularly hard-hit counties where floods have devastated homes and infrastructure.

A low-pressure system has drenched the area since Thursday, dropping as much as 25cm of rain, leading to massive flooding, mudslides and landslides.

"We are heartbroken by the devastation that the residents of West Virginia are experiencing at this time and the reports of lives lost due to the awful flooding", PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem said in a statement.

In addition, while some of the high waters have started to recede, officials warn residents to watch out for "flood debris, downed power lines and downed trees".

“On Thursday evening I declared a State of Emergency for 44 counties, including all but the Northern and Eastern Panhandles”.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said in a statement that the flooding is "among the worst in a century for some parts of the state".

In his emergency proclamation, Tomblin said some areas had been rendered inaccessible as rock and mudslides, along with rushing floodwaters, knocked out roads and bridges.

In some areas, rescue crews were shut out entirely by the rising waters and any rescue operations had to be done by helicopter.

President Obama has signed a disaster declaration making federal funding available for flood victims in three counties of the USA state of West Virginia, which is dealing with the aftermath of the worst flooding in over a century.

The governor said 200 National Guard soldiers were carrying out search and rescue efforts as well as health and welfare checks in eight counties across the state.

Across the state, rivers reached historic highs Friday.

Fifteen of the 16 deaths in Greenbrier County struck the tiny town of Rainelle.

The course, which is now underwater, had been scheduled to host a PGA tour event from July the 7th-the 10th.

Resort owner Jim Justice released a statement saying that their focus is on helping the people, not "the property, the golf course, or anything else".

West Virginia received one-quarter of its annual rainfall in a single day, Pereira said.

 

 

  • Hannah Rogers