- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 8, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has issued a state of emergency in five southern West Virginia counties following recent heavy rains.

Tomblin issued the declaration Tuesday for Boone, Lincoln, Logan, Mingo and Wayne counties. The weekend storms caused flooding, rockslides and mudslides, prompting Tomblin to deploy state resources to assist local authorities.

The declaration also allows local authorities to request assistance from the state.

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