SHADYSIDE, OHIO, JUNE 17 -- Each day since Thursday's flash flood devastated the countryside near this coal-mining town, Vickie Popish has been called to identify a dead relative.

Today it was her 35-year-old sister, Sue Humphrey, who was whisked from her home by the raging waters and carried 20 miles down the Ohio River.

Nineteen bodies had been recovered as of tonight, and searchers continue to dig through debris and dive in muddied waters for the 18 townspeople still missing.

Of the four bodies found today, two were discovered in the Ohio River, one at the mouth of Wegee Creek and another in the rubble of what was once the local dairy.

"This kind of thing always happens somewhere else, to someone else," Popish said, after telling authorities that yes, her sister had been last seen wearing pants with a green fern print and a ring with her initials.

The torrential downpour that turned two quiet tributaries of the Ohio, the Pipe and Wegee creeks, into forces that swept away people watching television in their homes, and sitting on barstools at 3K's Lounge, also killed both of Humphrey's children, David, 10, and Danny, 8.

David's body was found Friday, and Danny's was recovered Saturday, neither far from their home along Pipe Creek. "That's it," said Popish, a local counselor for teenage parents. "There's just me and my dad left."

At least 100 families lost their homes and a lifetime of belongings. Others who returned today to damaged homes and trailers were warned that their well water may be contaminated.

In this Appalachian hillside town of 4,300, it seems everyone is either related to or close friends with at least one of the dead or missing.

"Sure, I knew David {Humphrey}. He played the saxophone in the fifth grade band," said Ray Ponzo, the band leader for the town's two elementary schools and one high school. "And Jim and Naomi West {who also were killed}, everyone knew them. They were custodians over at the high school, and everyone here went through Shadyside High."

Originally, the number of missing was higher, but after local newspapers printed front-page lists of those missing and radio and television stations repeatedly broadcast the names, some of those listed as missing turned up with relatives or friends.

Among the dead are five children, five married couples and three school custodians, according to school officials and Charles Vogt, investigator for the Belmont County coroner. Tiffany Webb, 5, and her 6-year-old brother, Donald, were killed when they were hurled down the hillside in their trailer home.

Patsy Krupa, whose body was recovered this afternoon along with that of her husband, Jerry Krupa, would have celebrated her 28th birthday today.

Electrical power has not been restored to much of the area, and telephone communications are poor, so some relatives and friends walked over to Bauknecht's Funeral Home on Central Avenue today to find which bodies had arrived and when services were to begin.

"Every time I hear there is another body, I just want to sit down and cry," said Acta Burns, who has worked at Bauknecht's for almost 18 years. "We have room for five {bodies} here. We have never had a need for more."

Additional bodies were sent to funeral homes in nearby communities in the Ohio Valley.

Shadyside Fire Chief Mark Badia said it is possible that all of the missing may never be found. "I don't like to say that, though, because I'm not ready to give up hope," he said.

Because the region has been declared a federal disaster area, residents whose homes were damaged by the flash flood can receive up to $5,000 to rebuild, according to Alfred Hahn, the Federal Emergency Management Agency coordinator here. Those whose homes are beyond repair can receive as much as $10,400, he said. Low-interest loans and private donations are also being made available.

"A flood here used to mean my garden got wiped out," said Oscar Monroe, a disabled coal miner. "I lost corn, beans, peas. But this one took a lot more."