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Authorities Report No Deaths in Southwest Virginia Flooding, Clean Up Expected to Take Months

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Residents who were listed as missing in a Southwest Virginia county have been found and accounted for after a flash flood devastated the mountainous region. 

Forty-four people were listed missing, including women and children, after roughly eight inches of rain fell Tuesday night in Buchanan County. 

Loved ones are resting easy after search and rescue teams successfully contacted everyone who was unaccounted for. Officials said many of the flood victims fled to higher ground and could not be contacted due to power outages and disrupted phone service. 

"We are also happy to report, we are at zero fatalities," said Buchanan County Sheriff Chief Deputy Eric Breeding. 

This week's damage in the county is a grim reminder of last year's flash flood and mudslides in the area that caused extensive damage and killed one person. 

Emergency management officials said they are unaware of any new flood mitigation efforts for Southwestern Virginia. 

Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin issued a State of Emergency declaration for impacted areas. Residents said their neighborhoods look like a war zone. 

"Well, it's just mudslides. Trees in the road. Water in the road. Houses on the road. It's just a mess," said Archie White, a flood victim. 

Flash floods were seen gushing through city streets. Buildings were washed from their foundations and roads were left impassable. In total, more than 100 homes were damaged. The clean-up is expected to take months as crews are still surveying the damage. 

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Brody Carter has been reporting and anchoring at CBN since 2021. In his time at CBN, he has found his stride in national news, including political and foreign affairs, extreme weather, and in-depth faith-based reporting. Brody frequently covers news for The 700 Club, Faith Nation, Newswatch, and Christian World News. Brody is passionate about news and displays standout dedication and work ethic in the field. Since starting at CBN, Brody has not only grown as a journalist but also as a person of faith thanks to close family, friends, co-workers, and the church body in Virginia Beach. He