- The Washington Times - Saturday, June 25, 2016

President Obama signed a disaster declaration Saturday for flood-ravaged West Virginia, where days of heavy rain unleashed fast moving floodwaters and mudslides that killed at least 24 people.

Mr. Obama signed the declaration aboard Air Force One as he flew back to Washington from events on the West Coast. He also spoke by phone with West Virginia Gov. Ray Tomblin, said the White House.

“The President extended condolences on behalf of the entire country for the lives lost as a result of the severe storms and flooding in West Virginia,” said White House deputy press secretary Eric Schultz.

The president committed to making sure the governor has the federal resources he needs for all recovery efforts and directed his staff to closely coordinate with the governor’s team to make sure the Federal Emergency Management Agency was providing all appropriate assistance, he said.

West Virginia’s death toll from flooding is the highest for any U.S. state this year, with 16 deaths reported in Greenbrier County in southeast West Virginia, where the heaviest rain fell, and six in Kanahwa County, reported Reuters.

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