WV remembers fourth anniversary of the 2016 deadly floods

WEST VIRGINIA (WOAY) – Today, June 23, marks the fourth anniversary of the deadly 2016 floods that hit West Virginia.

Twenty-three people died as a result of the floods, and hundreds of homes were destroyed. Some of the hardest-hit areas were Rainelle and White Sulphur Springs, along with other towns in Greenbrier, Fayette, Nicholas, Summers, and Kanawha counties.

Radar Loop from June 23-24, 2016 by Chief Meteorologist Tyler Barker

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on the fourth anniversary of the flood, which devastated communities throughout West Virginia in 2016.

“Today every West Virginian is repeatedly reminded of the awful flooding four years ago that ravaged southern West Virginia, the families whose lives were forever changed by the loss of their loved ones, and the thousands of West Virginians who lost their homes. I know there is no sentiment that can bring peace to those who lost so much during this tragedy. Instead, we can remember, rebuild, and pray for the 23 beautiful souls that we lost that day. As the entire state mourned those lost, we came together as a community to care for one another during a time of need for many of our fellow West Virginians. We proved that as a state we are resilient and when we support each other, we can overcome anything. I am always proud and honored to represent such a strong state with wonderful people who care deeply for their family, friends, and neighbors across West Virginia.”

Tyler Barker
Tyler Barker is currently the News Director and Digital Content Manager for WOAY-TV. He was promoted to this job in Mid-November. He still will fill in on weather from time to time. You can follow Tyler on Facebook and Twitter @wxtylerb. Have any news tips or weather questions? Email him at tbarker@woay.com