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West Virginia Lowers Estimate of Homes Damaged in Floods


West Virginia officials had reduced the number of homes they believe were damaged in recent deadly floods.

State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management spokesman Timothy Rock told The Charleston Gazette-Mail on Friday that officials believe 2,500 homes were damaged by the floods. Initially, the state believed 4,000 homes were damaged.

They still say 1,500 homes have been destroyed. 

Rock says the estimates come from various sources, including National Guard officials helping with flood relief. 

The June 23 floods killed 23 people and ravaged homes, businesses and infrastructure several communities, spurring a federal disaster declaration for a dozen West Virginia counties.