Rahall Asks for Obama to Declare WV Federal Disaster Area

Updated 8 years ago From a Rep. Nick Rahall Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) released the following statement in support of Governor Tomblin’s request for a Federal disaster declaration.  Rahall, who serves as the Ranking Member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee with jurisdiction over FEMA, has been working to facilitate the State of West Virginia’s request, meeting recently at the White House with the President about the needs of West Virginia residents and businesses and urging expeditious action on any State disaster request.  

                   “I am urging the Administration to pull out all the federal stops and get this request approved as quickly as possible.  When I met with the President recently and talked with him about disaster assistance for our State, I pointed out how the damages we suffered are dramatically different and far more widespread than those from traditional natural disasters. 

“In West Virginia, far more family budgets and businesses have been harmed than traditional assistance programs may readily recognize, and so I have asked that special consideration be given to these unusual and broadly felt effects.  I intend to continue doing all that I can to help tap into every possible federal program that can address our losses

“And looking to the future, I believe this storm has far greater implications than just being one for the record books.  The magnitude of this disaster, and subsequent storms, raise concerns about the vulnerabilities of our electrical grid and our ability to rapidly respond to similar crises and I think it would be wise for the Congress to examine what gaps in our energy security may need filling and what flaws in our emergency response may need fixing.”

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