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State of Emergency for Floods Could End in W.Va.

A state of emergency for 12 West Virginia counties due to devastating floods in June could be over soon.

The state of emergency declared by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is scheduled to expire Monday, two months after floods killed 23 people and destroyed homes, businesses and infrastructure.

Tomblin spokeswoman Jessica Tice said the governor is reviewing how counties are recovering, and he will announce Monday if any counties need the state of emergency extended a second time.

The declaration included Clay, Fayette, Greenbrier, Jackson, Kanawha, Lincoln, Monroe, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Roane, Summers and Webster counties.

Tomblin extended the state of emergency last month to ensure all available state resources are provided to rebuild homes, businesses and communities.

At one point, 44 of West Virginia’s 55 counties were under a state of emergency.