West Virginia Flood Damages At Least 5K Homes; $10M in FEMA Aid Available

July 5, 2016

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved more than $10 million in individual assistance to West Virginia homeowners and renters following last month’s devastating flooding.

FEMA says more than 2,000 inspections of damaged properties have been completed, and that more than 5,200 households and businesses have registered with the agency so far.

Federal disaster assistance is available to residents of 12 counties: Clay, Fayette, Greenbrier, Jackson, Kanawha, Lincoln, Monroe, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Roane, Summers, and Webster.

The floods killed at least 22 people in the state with one person still missing. State officials estimated the floods destroyed 1,500 homes, ravaged 125 businesses and caused $36 million in damage to roads.

The state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management released the initial damage assessments Friday.

Another 4,000 homes were damaged in the floods, state officials said. In some areas, homes were swept off their foundations by raging flood waters, with some houses even catching fire. Many homes were filled with feet of muddy water.

The storm decimated roads to the tune of $36 million in damage across 18 counties. Clay County was hardest hit, with $8.7 million in estimated destruction to its roads. Many roadways were peeled apart and, in some spots, even washed away completely.

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