Flooding in Buchanan County, Virginia on Wednesday.

(Virginia Department of Emergency Management)

Flooding caused extensive damage in Buchanan County, western Virginia, following heavy rains.

The The Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office released a statement Wednesday afternoon, saying they were responding to flooding across their county that began late Tuesday.

Dozens of people are missing and more than 100 homes have been damaged or destroyed, with some buildings swept away from their foundations.

“We are currently tracking approximately 40 people missing from this flood,” Deputy Chief Eric Breeding of the Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office said at a press conference Wednesday.

Eighteen search and rescue organizations are in the area, according to Breeding.

houses and cars moved in the torrents of water.

More than two inches of rain has fallen in the county since the start of the week. This is a developing story and we will continue to update it as more details come in.

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