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West Virginia death toll at 26 in deadliest U.S. flooding this year

West Virginia rescue crews worked steadily overnight and into the morning to answer emergency calls from residents stranded by fast-moving floodwaters that have killed at least 26 people -- the deadliest flash flooding in the United States since 2010.Heavy rain battered much of the state earlier this week, and floodwaters pouring out of creeks and rivers prompted scores of rescue calls. Utilities were working to restore power for residents and businesses.

The high waters were receding Saturday, but officials, such as those in Kanawha County, are warning people to watch out for "flood debris, downed power lines and downed trees."

Along with responding to rescue emergencies, Kanawha County Sheriff spokesman Brian Humphreys said deputies were going to pharmacies to get medications for people affected by the flooding.

Three more deaths were reported overnight in Elkview, the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office said. These deaths are in addition to the 26 reported by the West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. At least two children were killed in the deluge, including a 4-year-old boy who was washed away by floodwaters in Jackson County, officials said.

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Homes and infrastructure across the state have been severely damaged and washed away. High terrain along rivers speeded the rapid floodwaters. As of 6:30 a.m., there were 158 emergency rescue calls in Kanawha County, the sheriff's office said. Charleston, the state capital, is in Kanawha, located in the southwestern part of the state.

Emergency crews take out boats on a flooded I-79 at the Clendenin Exit, after the state was pummeled by up to 10 inches of rain on Thursday, causing rivers and streams to overflow into neighboring communities, in Kanawha County, West Virginia, June 24, 2016. West Virginia...

The West Virginia State Highway 4 along the Elk River shows extensive damage after flood water has dropped in the Clendenin, West Virginia, U.S., June 25, 2016. hit by flooding. Courtesy West Virginia Department of Transportation/Handout via

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A damaged car is seen after the state was pummeled by up to 10 inches of rain on Thursday, causing rivers and streams to overflow into neighboring communities, in Elkview, West Virginia, June 24, 2016. West Virginia Department of Transportation/Handout via Reuters

A damaged car is seen after the state was pummeled by up to 10 inches of rain on Thursday, causing rivers and streams to overflow into neighboring communities, in Elkview, West Virginia, June 24, 2016. West Virginia Department of Transportation/Handout via Reuters

Road damage is seen after the state was pummeled by up to 10 inches of rain on Thursday, causing rivers and streams to overflow into neighboring communities, in Kanawha County, West Virginia, June 24, 2016. West Virginia Department of Transportation/Handout via Reuters

Emergency crews take out boats on a flooded I-79 at the Clendenin Exit, after the state was pummeled by up to 10 inches of rain on Thursday, causing rivers and streams to overflow into neighboring communities, in Kanawha County, West Virginia, June 24, 2016. West Virginia...

Mark Bowes makes his way to the road after severe flooding in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, on Friday, June 24. A state of emergency has been declared in 44 counties.

A vehicle is washed away in White Sulphur Springs on June 24. / Img: West Virginia Flooding / CNN

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Lee Bland looks for belongings in the burned-out home of a relative as they clean up from severe flooding in White Sulphur Springs on June 24. / West Virginia Flooding / CNN

Overturned cars litter the street in White Sulphur Springs on June 24. / CNN

Jimmy Scott gets a hug from Anna May Watson as they clean up in White Sulphur Springs on June 24. / West Virginia Flooding / CNN

Mark Lester cleans out a box with creek water as he cleans up in White Sulphur Springs on June 24. / West Virginia Flooding / CNN