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Help West Virginia flood Victims

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Hey, I here to raise funds for the unfortunate victims of the flood in Virginia. West Virginia floods devastate 1,200 homes, many lives This week West Virginians likely will escape any more of the flooding that has wreaked havoc across several counties, taking 23 lives -- a figure authorities warned may rise. But for the families on Mill House Road in White Sulphur Springs -- many of them kin -- any new flooding could hardly make things worse. Eleven houses stood on the road near Howard Creek last Thursday. Three remain. And Belinda Scott, a spunky grandmother with a strong will to live, didn't make it. The flood uprooted Scott's house, which exploded after it filled with natural gas. Scott tried to escape the water and flames by climbing a tree. Some nearby houses were floating down the road. Scott's house stayed put, but she couldn't get far enough from the fire. Her granddaughter, Ashley Scott, was in the attic of her house next door with her husband and two children. They had heard people screaming about children floating down the street. Then they heard the explosion. "We heard her screaming for help, and I knew right off it was her," Smith told CNN, her voice breaking. "Honestly, I thought we were going to die ... I thought my children were going to drown." At least one burning house floated down the street. One set of neighbors rescued themselves with a rope across the torrent. Burning house seen floating away in West Virginia flood By the time rescuers reached Smith's grandmother last Thursday, the older woman had burns over 60% of her body. She died three days later in the hospital. 'Flood-watch free' West Virginia residents should have little to fear today because the rain is pushing east, allowing the Mountain State to dry out, said CNN meteorologist Matt Daniel. While there may be an occasional shower, it shouldn't raise the water significantly, he said. "They are flood-watch free," Daniel said. Last week's flooding severely damaged or destroyed more than 1,200 homes, including 500 in Roane County. Kanawaha County had 400 homes and 70 businesses destroyed and 200-300 severely damaged, said Brooke Hylbert, a county spokesman, on Tuesday. Authorities later reported 111 homes and 14 businesses destroyed in Greenbrier County, home of White Sulphur Springs, where most of the 23 fatalities occurred. That death toll is down from the 25 fatalities initially reported by authorities because two campers presumed dead have been accounted for. It's the nation's highest death toll from flash floods since May 2010, when 27 people died in Tennessee, Kentucky and Mississippi. West Virginia's death tally still may climb. Three people are still unaccounted for in Greenbrier County, said Barbara Miller of the West Virginia Office of Emergency Management. West Virginia flooding Photos: West Virginia flooding Children among those killed At least two children were killed in the deluge, including a 4-year-old boy who was washed away by floodwaters in Jackson County, officials said. In Wheeling, an 8-year-old child fell into Big Wheeling Creek in the Elm Grove area, and was swept away, according to the Wheeling Intelligencer-News Register. Also in White Sulphur Springs, the storms severely impacted the Greenbrier, a luxury resort that was scheduled to host the PGA Tour's Greenbrier Classic July 7-10. The PGA canceled the tournament because of heavy damage to the resort's golf course.

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