Rescue workers in West Virginia were still searching for flood victims on Monday (28 February).?
LV Bulldozer moving forward
SV Group of rescue workers
SV Rescue-workers & bulldozer working
GV Devastated area with excavator working
CU Rescue workers taking refreshment
SV Excavator clearing debris
MV & CU Rescue workers (2 shots)
AV Devastated area & similar dams elsewhere (3 shots)
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Background: Rescue workers in West Virginia were still searching for flood victims on Monday (28 February). At least 57 people are known to have died in the floods -- caused by a wall of water released by a coal slag dam. The floods overwhelmed coal mining communities in Logan County on Saturday (26 February).
SYNOPSIS: The grim search for victims of West Virginia's recent floods was still going on Monday. At least 57 are known to have died when mining communities in Logan County were overwhelmed by a wall of water after a coal slag dam burst on Saturday. Some of the bodies were recovered more than 25 miles from the communities.
The floods devastated nearly a dozen communities in a twelve mile stretch of valley, and there are fears that the final death toll will reach 100.
There are other coal slag dams in West Virginia, and experts are fearing for their structural safety. Some families have already moved out of the area in case of more floods.