The Latest: Flood wrecked 1,500 homes; $36M in road damage

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Posted: Jul 01, 2016 2:46 PM

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Latest on flooding that has devastated parts of West Virginia (all times local):

2 p.m.

West Virginia officials estimate that last week's deadly floods destroyed 1,500 homes and 125 businesses and caused $36 million in damage to roads.

A memo from state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Director Jimmy Gianato released the initial damage assessments Friday.

Officials think another 4,000 homes were damaged in the floods.

The damage estimates for roads included 18 counties. Clay County's estimate was highest, with $8.7 million in damage.

The state is awaiting results from comprehensive assessments being conducted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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1:45 p.m.

A week after deadly floods ravaged West Virginia, all residents in one of the hardest-hit towns have tap water again. They just can't drink it yet.

In a news release Friday, West Virginia American Water said it has restored tap water to all areas of Clendenin.

About 3,000 people around Elkview and Clendenin didn't have tap water following the June 23 floods that killed 23 people statewide.

Although it has now been restored to all households in that region, residents are being advised to boil it before using it.

Other areas of the state also lost tap water, and at the peak of the floods, tens of thousands of homes and businesses were without power. Only a few hundred were still without power Friday.