Rain Has Huntington’s Land Slides Worsening; Mayor Asking State, Feds for Assistance

by Tony Rutherford HuntingtonNews.Net Reporter
Rain Has Huntington’s Land Slides Worsening; Mayor Asking State, Feds for Assistance

HUNTINGTON, WV (HNN) – Down river, the Corps of Engineers contends with Mississippi River and Ohio River flood levels that equal or come close (in some areas) to the record crests of 1927 and 1937. The swollen Mississippi has caused certain tributaries to flow backwards. Some levies have been purposefully breached to prevent urban flooding.

Huntington has not experienced the 1937 like flooding, but the city’s deteriorating infrastructure has taken hits from the extremely wet weather.

Brandi Jacobs Jones, director of finance and administration, told council members, “additional slides have taken place. Going in to last week it was eleven. It’s now twelve or thirteen. We will give an update Monday [night].”

The degree of damage to roads and infrastructure has the administration looking for solutions to financial repair challenges, as well as prioritizing the locations.

A substantial slide in Guyandotte has received a proposal of $130,000 from Community Development Block Grant Funds.

With a bare bones general fund, Mayor Wolfe and administration members have been exploring emergency funds from the federal and state governments.

Mayor Kim Wolfe told council that “we have been in contact with Rep. Nick Rahall and the state. To work some solution.” He added that state officials have called and/or visited twice, but have provided “no guarantees” on financial assistance.

Public Works Director David Hagley has assembled photos and descriptions of some of the worst infrastructure repair issues. You can access photos of some of the most damaged locations in need of repair by visiting: http://www.huntingtonnews.net/3697

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