A look 1 month later at deadly flooding in West Virginia

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Posted: Jul 22, 2016 4:25 PM

Some facts and figures on flooding in West Virginia, where 23 people died last month:

EMERGENCY DECLARATION: Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has extended a state of emergency for 12 counties for another month, ensuring that all available state resources are provided.

FEDERAL AID: The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved more than $46 million in disaster assistance grants to homeowners and renters. Nearly 7,600 households and businesses have registered with FEMA. In addition, the Small Business Administration has approved more than $13 million in low-interest disaster loans to businesses, homeowners and renters.

ROADS AND BRIDGES: The floods damaged 594 roads in at least 17 counties, and it will cost an estimated $53 million to fix them.

SCHOOLS: About two dozen public schools were damaged in the flooding. Some communities are scrambling to clean up buildings or find new places to put students when school starts in a few weeks. Kanawha County Schools Superintendent Ron Duerring announced Wednesday that Herbert Hoover High School was destroyed and a new school will be built. In Nicholas County, officials announced that Richwood High School and two middle schools were too damaged to reopen.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Volunteer West Virginia Executive Director Heather Foster said more than 1,000 homeowners still need cleanup assistance, primarily in Kanawha, Clay, Greenbrier and Nicholas counties. Foster also said supplies are needed for volunteers, including work boots, heavy duty gloves, respirator masks, shovels, rakes and bug spray. Anyone needing cleanup assistance or wanting to volunteer can visit www.wvflood.com/volunteer.

STILL MISSING: A month later, Mykala Phillips' parents still have no word on the whereabouts of their 14-year-old daughter, who was swept away by floodwaters from her home in White Sulphur Springs and is presumed dead.