U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., today urged President Obama's immediate approval of the State of West Virginia's request for a major federal disaster declaration as a result of the recent severe flooding in Southern West Virginia. Approval of the disaster declaration request will enable federal funding and personnel to be allocated to the impacted areas to assist clean-up efforts.
In letters to both President Obama and Patricia Arcuri, the Acting Regional Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Region III, Byrd wrote that, "I have been advised that Governor Joe Manchin has requested the issuance of a major disaster declaration for the State of West Virginia, in response to severe storms, heavy rain, wind-driven rain, flooding, high wind, mudslides, and landslides, which began on June 12, 2010, and caused severe damage to private and public properties in Logan, McDowell, Mingo, and Wyoming Counties in West Virginia."
"As you are no doubt aware, West Virginia has sustained multiple federal disasters within the past several months. Many of the victims of this most recent tragedy were still recovering from prior severe weather events. Federal assistance is justified, and I hope that you will act promptly to ensure a quick Federal response to address the needs of my state," Byrd said.