The Latest: More flooding possible Monday in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) " The Latest on flooding that has devastated parts of West Virginia (all times local):

2:10 p.m.

More heavy rain is expected in areas already hit hard by flooding in West Virginia.

The National Weather Service in Charleston has issued a flash flood watch for 22 counties in West Virginia on Monday.

The weather service says heavy rains could cause some streams to breach its banks.

The watch area doesn't include Greenbrier County, where 16 people have died. Overall, 24 people have died in West Virginia since flooding began Thursday.

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2 p.m.

Janice Reynolds returned to her home in Rainelle after a devastating flood and said the community "smelled like death."

Reynolds, her husband, Jerry, and his brother, Marcus, were staying Sunday at a gymnasium at the Ansted Baptist Church.

Janice Reynolds drove back to Rainelle on Saturday to survey the damage to her home. She says it was destroyed and she also lost a vehicle in the floodwaters.

For now, the family plans to stay at the shelter.

Jerry Reynolds says the flood was "the worst thing I've ever seen." But as he sat in his car, he declared that "we're survivors. We'll make it."

Marcus Reynolds was able to find a bit of humor amid the sorrow. He asked if anyone was interested in buying some oceanfront property.

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1:30 p.m.

Some residents from a southern West Virginia community devastated by flooding are being housed at a church gymnasium more than 25 miles away.

Rick Lewis of the Nuttall Fire Department says 129 residents of Rainelle were staying Sunday at the Ansted Baptist Church gymnasium. He says dozens more residents went to other shelters.

The church also served as a drop-off point for donated goods as well as a makeshift kennel for dog owners.

T.J. Parker of Rainelle brought his dog, Titan, to the shelter. Parker says his home was already under water when he arrived from work Thursday. He says he and Titan then swam four blocks to safety. Along the way, he stopped to rescue an elderly man calling for help and brought him through floodwaters to a fire department.

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11:30 a.m.

About 18,000 customers remain without electricity in West Virginia three days after devastating floods.

Appalachian Power says on its website that nearly 13,000 customers were without service Sunday, including nearly 4,700 in Kanawha County where a substation had been under water. Crews are now in the process of installing a mobile transformer. Restoration work also is ongoing at flooded substations serving customers in Clay, Greenbrier and Summers counties.

The utility says it expects service to be restored by Monday night.

FirstEnergy Corp. says about 5,100 of its customers remained without electricity Sunday, including about 2,900 in Greenbrier County and 1,200 in Pocahontas County.

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10 a.m.

Officials are urging people to stay out of a flood-ravaged West Virginia town unless they are emergency responders or they live there.

Kanawha County Deputy Emergency Manager C.W. Sigman says the added traffic in the town of Clendenin can slow down emergency operations. Sigman says a lot of sightseers were in Clendenin yesterday.

Sigman says there's one last local rescue team surveying parts of the county to make sure no one has been overlooked. Otherwise, he says the focus has shifted to helping communities recover, including getting water service back to some areas and removing debris.

Of the 24 flood deaths statewide, six were in Kanawha County.

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9 a.m.

Flood victims in three of West Virginia's hardest hit counties can now start applying for federal assistance.

Sunday marks the start of applications for Federal Emergency Management Agency aid for Greenbrier, Kanawha and Nicholas counties. President Barack Obama signed a major disaster declaration Saturday that triggers federal money to help out individuals.

The declaration provides people in those three counties with individual assistance for emergency medical support, housing and a number of other immediate needs. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin says the state will apply for aid in other counties as well.

Those affected can apply for aid online or by phone.

To apply: https://www.disasterassistance.gov/ or 1-800-621-FEMA.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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