June 30, 1995 in Nation/World

Virginia Flood Claims More Lives

Associated Press

Three bodies were dragged from a pickup truck Thursday that crashed into a huge hole in a washed-out road, raising the death toll to at least six after eight straight days of rain in Virginia.

At least two other people who were washed away by floodwaters on Tuesday, including a 3-year-old girl, were still missing as rain and the threat of more flooding hindered searchers.

Coast Guard helicopters rescued 12 people and a pet parrot stranded by the high water, some of the more than 100 people airlifted to safety since the rains began on June 22.

Many of those rescued were plucked from trees, rooftops and vehicles stranded in several feet of streaming current.

“We know we’ve got a whole lot of people still out there we haven’t located,” said administrator Stephen Utz in Madison County.

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