West Virginia keeps eye on sky during cleanup

ANSTED, W.Va. (AP) – National Guard teams are removing debris as authorities prepare for another round of expected storms after flooding devastated parts of the state.

West Virginia Emergency Management Agency spokesman Tim Rock said Monday that “everybody’s just keeping an eye on the sky” as search and rescue teams continue to check whether everyone is accounted for.

More heavy rains are forecast later Monday in West Virginia, where floodwaters have killed at least 25 people in the past week. More than 20 counties, most in the southern part of the state, were under a flash flood watch. The National Weather Service warned downpours were possible in many areas already ravaged by flooding.

Teams from the Federal Emergency Management Agency are taking stock of the damage and National Guard crews are removing debris, he said.

Rock said recovery teams plan to work as much as possible but may pull back if storms intensify.

As the next round of storms arrive, many residents are still trying to come to grips with ruined property and where they’ll live next.

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