2016 Flood

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Heavy flooding in West Virginia has claimed lives, destroyed thousands of homes and businesses as 10 counties have been declared a federal disaster. Find our complete coverage below including  links to disaster relief and other useful information. 

File photo: Deckers Creek runs over a bridge June 23, 2017, in Morgantown, W.Va.
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More than $28 million in federal funding to fix roads and bridges damaged by flooding is heading to West Virginia.

U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito and Rep. Evan Jenkins announced the funding Tuesday from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

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A Tennessee company has filed a lawsuit against The Greenbrier Hotel Corporation in West Virginia and two affiliated companies, citing The Greenbrier resort's failure to pay out on damaged rental equipment.

Downtown Richwood, WV, at dawn after hours of heavy rain flooded the little town.
Kara Lofton / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Almost $5 million in federal funding has been awarded to some of the counties ravaged by floods in 2016.

Pocahontas, Randolph and Greenbrier Counties will receive more than $4.8 million to help repair federal roads from the United States Department of Transportation.

 Acoustic guitars strewn across the floor of the Herbert Hoover High School band room which reportedly took on 7 and a half feet of flood water.
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Another West Virginia school that was destroyed by severe flooding last year is receiving musical instruments for its band.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that the nonprofit group Music Rising is giving $64,000 in band instruments to Herbert Hoover High School in Clendenin. The school lost its instruments in the June 2016 floods and borrowed instruments after that from a nearby middle school.

Seeing God’s Hand in the Deadly Floods, Yet Wondering about Climate Change

Oct 24, 2017
White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.
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Jake Dowdy is a police officer in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, where he lived a block from Howard Creek, a stream so inconsequential you could usually hop-skip across parts of it without wetting your toes.

Flood, Elkview
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The owner of a West Virginia mall has filed a lawsuit against the state Department of Transportation, alleging that the state should have been responsible for repairs to the mall's access bridge, which was washed out during a 2016 flood.

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The fight over school consolidation in Nicholas County continues. The West Virginia Board of Education, which is against consolidation, released a statement Thursday saying they’ll appeal their case to the West Virginia Supreme Court. 


Flood, Elkview
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A bridge that was washed out in flooding last year is being replaced at a mall in West Virginia, and almost all of the businesses are expected to reopen.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports representatives of the businesses and rent documents from Crossings Mall owner Tara Retail Group indicate 23 of the 26 businesses open at the Elkview mall when the June 23, 2016, flood occurred are expected to reopen.

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Today marks one year since floods devastated many parts of West Virginia, killing 23 people and causing major damage to many communities, including homes, businesses and schools.

Kara Lofton / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Last year, Richwood Middle and High School were damaged beyond repair in historic flooding and the schools moved into temporary spaces for the 2016-’17 school year.

But when the schools moved, the kids didn’t just lose their buildings, they also lost their school-based health center. Now  a bureaucratic quagmire may prevent the middle school families from having a center next year.

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On this West Virginia Morning, we'll hear about ways to deal with emotional stress associated with a traumatic event, like last the 2016 flooding in southern and central West Virginia. Inside Appalachia host Jessica Lilly speaks with Dr. Carol Smith, of Marshall University, about ways family and friends can help victims cope with disaster.

Also, The Allgheny Front's Reid Frazier takes a look at the effects of increased trucking from the fracking industry on small towns in northern West Virginia and southern Pennsylvania.

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Rain falling like it would never end has changed the meaning of summer in this tiny corner of Appalachia.

When the downpour finally stopped in White Sulphur Springs on June 23, 2016, five lives had been lost along one road alone — Mill Hill Drive. And 23 people were dead statewide in West Virginia’s worst flooding since 1985.

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Cleanup work has started on flood-control channels in the West Virginia community of Rainelle, which was ravaged by flooding last June.

The West Virginia Conservation Agency says in a news release that the agency and its contractors are removing sediment from channel beds and clearing brush from the channel banks. The West Virginia National Guard will take the debris to another site for incineration.

Flood, Greenbrier
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Flood-affected communities in southern West Virginia are receiving federal aid to help clean up brownfield sites for future development. 

West Virginia Morning
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On this West Virginia Morning, we'll hear the next part of our Struggle to Stay series. Reporter Glynis Board has followed the story of Mark Combs for the past year as he left West Virginia for California to pursue a career in acting.

We also travel to Clendenin, where homes are being built for victims of last year's flooding.

Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

“I know it was raining hard when I got off the interstate.”

Richard Wolfe said he doesn't remember a lot about the evening of June 23, 2016. He was visiting his sister in Charleston when he decided to heard toward his home of more than 70 years on Koontz Street in Clendenin during a severe storm that would result in historic levels of flooding for the community. 

West Virginia residents recovering from last summer's floods can explore available resources at a meeting in White Sulphur Springs.

The meeting will be held Thursday evening at the White Sulphur Springs Civic Center.

Flood, Elkview
Kara Lofton / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Construction is expected to start this week on a replacement for a flooded-out bridge leading to a mall in Elkview, West Virginia.

The Kanawha County Commission says in a news release Tuesday that construction on the culvert bridge at the Crossings Mall is expected to begin Thursday and should be completed in about two months.

Flood, Elkview
Kara Lofton / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

A federal bankruptcy judge has approved a financing plan to allow the reconstruction of a washed-out bridge leading to Crossings Mall in Elkview, West Virginia.

Local outlets report the mall has been closed since a flood washed away the culvert bridge in June 2016. Dozens of businesses have closed and more than 500 people are out of work.

Portable Classrooms
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After months of sharing a space at Bridge Elementary School, teachers at Bridge and Clendenin Elementary have moved into new portable buildings.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the schools had been sharing a building at Bridge Elementary in Elkview since the June flood destroyed Clendenin Elementary.

Flood, Clendenin
Kara Lofton / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Nearly $35 million in federal funding will help repair roads and highways damaged in West Virginia over the past two years.

U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins announced the funding Monday from the Federal Highway Administration.

West Virginia Public Broadcasting

West Virginia Public Broadcasting won 11 Associated Press awards this weekend, including a public service award for coverage of the historic 2016 floods in southern West Virginia. 

Flood, Elkview
Kara Lofton / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

A federal bankruptcy judge has scheduled a hearing to consider a financing plan for an access bridge at a West Virginia shopping center to replace one that was destroyed in last summer's flooding.

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Patrick Flatley on Thursday scheduled an April 6 hearing in Clarksburg on mall owner Tara Retail Group's intentions to build a new bridge at the Crossings Mall in Elkview. The owner filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy just prior to a January auction for the mall property.

Flood
Kara Lofton / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On June 23, 2016, West Virginia experienced some of the worst flooding in the state’s storied history. During the past 52 years, 282 West Virginians have died in floods, including the 23 who perished last summer after historic water levels led to a federal disaster declaration in 12 counties.

Nine months later, communities are still recovering from the high water. 

Small businesses in Greenbrier County are bouncing back following last year's devastating floods.

The Register-Herald reports that the city of White Sulphur Springs staged a series of ribbon-cutting ceremonies earlier this month to welcome nearly a dozen businesses that have either newly opened or reopened after the June 23 floods. The floods killed 23 people and ravaged homes, businesses and infrastructure.

On The Legislature Today, education takes the spotlight in both the House and Senate as lawmakers debate bills making major changes in the state’s Pre-K through 12 system.

Senators are set to debate a Common Core repeal on the floor this week, which a Democratic member says is redundant and unnecessary. In the House, members focus on ways to give county school systems more flexibility in light of coming funding cuts.

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West Virginia is receiving $12.8 million for flood recovery efforts in Nicholas and Kanawha counties.

Part of the grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will be used by the Nicholas County School District to secure temporary facilities destroyed or damaged during flooding last June.

Groups Work to Bring Business Back to Flood Areas

Jan 13, 2017
Josh Saul / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Organizations from around the state gathered at Marshall University Friday to discuss the next step in rebuilding the communities ravaged by the June 2016 flooding.

The one-day summit in Huntington focused on ways to improve the devastated economies in regions of the state where flooding took not only homes, but also businesses and schools. Jenny Gannaway, is the Executive Director of the West Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster group, which hosted the event. 

Marshall University
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A conference at Marshall University will focus on long-term recovery efforts following last summer's devastating flooding in West Virginia.

The conference will be held Friday at Marshall's Brad D. Smith Foundation Hall in Huntington.

Nicholas County
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Nicholas County's public schools superintendent has recommended that officials open just one school to replace two flood-damaged middle schools and build another school to consolidate a flood-damaged high school with the currently open Nicholas County High School and Nicholas County Career and Technical Center.

Superintendent Donna Burge-Tetrick made her recommendations during the county's school board meeting Monday night, explaining that it "saddens" her to have to recommend consolidation.

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