Obama Declares West Virginia Disaster Area, includes Cabell County

Updated 8 years ago From a Rep. Nick Rahall Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) Monday announced that the President has issued a major disaster declaration for the State of West Virginia, providing Federal disaster assistance to help communities recover from the severe storms on June 29.  “The President’s disaster declaration will help to get the ball rolling toward recovery, and I welcome the Federal aid for emergency work and repair of our State’s public facilities and critical services, as well as for implementing long-term hazard mitigation measures to reduce the impact of future storms,” said Rahall.  “Our disaster recovery and assessment experts did double duty assessing damage while speeding recovery work.  I commend Governor Tomblin and his team and I was pleased to work with them in pressing FEMA and the President to act quickly.”

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 earlier this month 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.

Public Assistance will be made available for emergency work and the repair or replacement of publicly owned facilities in forty-five counties, including Boone, Cabell, Fayette, Greenbrier, Lincoln, Logan, McDowell, Mercer, Mingo, Monroe, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Raleigh, Summers, Wayne, Webster, and Wyoming Counties.  All counties in the State of West Virginia are eligible to apply for assistance under the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program to prevent or reduce long-term risk to life and property from natural hazards.  The State is currently considering damage assessments in applying for Individual Assistance, which includes grant money and services for individuals who incurred uninsured property damage and losses.

“I will continue to support the State’s efforts to secure FEMA assistance to help families and households.  To that end, I invited West Virginia Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Jimmy Gianato to testify at a hearing slated for tomorrow before my Committee. His unique perspective will be most valuable as the Congress looks at long-range measures to help protect communities from future disasters.  Also appearing tomorrow will be a representative of FEMA and I look forward to the chance to share with him my own insights about the devastation experienced by our families and businesses and to make the case for full and expeditious delivery of Federal disaster aid,” said Rahall.

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