- Grandmother died after her home burst into flames
- Sheriff warns of looting, number of dead may increase
(CNN)This week West Virginians likely will escape any more of the flooding that has wreaked havoc across several counties, taking 23 lives -- a figure authorities warned may rise.
Children among those killed
County sheriff warns of the risks of looting
State of emergency
Preliminary damage assessments for individual assistance will begin Monday, while assessments for public assistance are slated for Tuesday.
This is the first step in helping the state government gauge the scope of the damage, and determining if additional assistance is needed.
Individuals and business owners who sustained losses can register at www.disasterassistance.gov or call 1-800-621-3362.
Residents with speech or hearing disabilities can call 1-800-462-7585. Operators will field calls from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. everyday, until further notice.
-- West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management