Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced he will seek a federal disaster declaration for victims of last week's storms during a presentation of federal and state hazard mitigation grants.
"When high winds and flood waters destroy the homes and everything West Virginians have worked hard for, the pain left behind is insurmountable," Gov. Tomblin said. "Storm victims continue to pick up the pieces from last week's destructive tornadoes and flooding. While the assessment of damages is ongoing in nine counties, I know, from what I personally witnessed, that our people need help. Upon learning which counties will qualify, I will ask the President for immediate assistance by means of a federal disaster declaration."
At the height of last week's storms, an estimated 10,000 customers were without electricity. Emergency power crews have restored power to all but approximately 300 customers in Wayne County, where state disaster assessment teams say the damage is most extensive.
The American Red Cross, local churches, the West Virginia National Guard, the Division of Highways, the Division of Forestry and others are working in the affected communities to help re-open roadways, clear fallen trees, assist displaced families in finding shelter and providing them meals.
To help prevent future floods, Tomblin presented hazard mitigation grants to the Town of Clendenin and the counties of Kanawha, Logan and Wyoming.
"The financial assistance I presented today will go a long way in removing damaged structures from our beautiful landscape and, I hope, it will help the victims move forward with their lives," Tomblin said.
Tomblin presented local officials with the following hazard mitigation grants to help prevent future flood damages:
The Town of Clendenin received a total of $561,232. Of the total amount, $420,924 comes from FEMA and $140,308 comes from the state.
The Paint Creek area of Kanawha County received a total of $116,074. Of the total amount, $87,056 comes from FEMA and the state provided $29,018.
Logan County received a total of $1.2 million. Of the total amount, $951,575 from FEMA and $317,191 from the state.
Wyoming County received a total of $411,800. Of the total amount, $308,850 comes from FEMA and the state is providing $102,950.