Rescues Underway for Hundreds Trapped at West Virginia Mall After Deadly Flooding

iStock/Thinkstock(CHARLESTON, W.Va.) — The body was recovered Friday of a child who was swept away in fast-moving floodwaters in West Virginia, Thursday, officials said, as the death toll in the state climbs to 14.

The Ravenswood Fire Department said rescuers found the child’s body at 10:45 a.m. Friday, about a mile from where he was last seen in Jackson County Thursday.

Fourteen deaths have been reported from flooding, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said Friday. More than 100 homes have been destroyed.

Tomblin earlier Friday called the flooding "among the worst in a century for some parts of the state."

A state of emergency was declared in 44 of the state's 55 counties.

Rescue efforts were also underway Friday to save hundreds of people who became stranded inside a West Virginia mall overnight after a bridge connecting the shopping center to a main road collapsed and washed away, officials told ABC News.

About 500 people, including employees and customers, became trapped inside the Crossings Mall in Elkview, about 12 miles from Charleston, around 4 p.m. Thursday, said Rick McElhaney, assistant deputy director with Metro 911 in Kanawha County.

First responders Friday walked some people from the mall around to a back road to board public transportation, an official with the Kanawha County Emergency Operations Center told ABC News Friday morning.

"I have a farm, I have got to get home," one woman said while walking down a steep hill behind the mall.

Some people stayed at the mall Friday because their homes were flooded.
 
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