Iconic West Virginia resort turns shelter for flood refugees

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) Its owner says an iconic West Virginia resort may take a couple of months to reopen after deadly floods, but Greenbrier's maimed championship golf course may not be ready for play much before the PGA Tour rolls through next July.

The floods that swept through West Virginia last week and killed at least 23 people statewide carved a path of destruction unseen in generations at the historic Greenbrier.

When the worst was over, Greenbrier employees came upon two bodies on the resort grounds.

Dating back to 1778, the 700-room resort has long been one of the jewels of West Virginia's tourism industry, hosting presidents and royalty.

On Tuesday, 300 of the neediest victims from the flood-ravaged area occupied the rooms, and the hotel was closed for business while it fed and sheltered the disaster refugees.