Authorities confirm first death in Hurley flooding

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HURLEY, Va. (WFXR) — According to the Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office, search crews have found the first confirmed fatality as a result of flooding that occurred in the Guesses Fork area of Hurley this week.

The name of the victim is not being released at this time, pending notification of next of kin. The body is scheduled for autopsy by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

Meanwhile, the sheriff’s office says officials estimate it will be at least 30 days before power is restored and possibly as long as an entire year before public water is restored. Residents are urged to start making long-term plans with these details in mind.

Buchanan County has set up a number for Hurley residents to call to report missing family members, damage to homes and property, and any unmet needs. The number is 1-376-244-1444 and is operational 24 hours a day, every day. You can also call the American Red Cross at 1-800-733-2767 for assistance.

In addition, a shelter has been set up for those affected by the flood at the Grundy Baptist church in Grundy.

According to the sheriff’s office, crews began operations for clearing debris on Wednesday, Sept. 1. You are asked to stay away from Guesses Fork Road unless you can show ID to prove you live in the area or are authorized to be there.

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