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. 

Recovery following severe floods this summer dominated discussions at the Kanawha County Commission meeting.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports Greater Kanawha Long Term Recovery Committee Director Mike Shinn told the commission Monday he's worried many Elkview and Clendenin area residents won't be able to get back into their homes before winter unless they get more volunteers.

Downtown Richwood, WV, at dawn after hours of heavy rain flooded the little town.
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West Virginia's U.S. senators say the Federal Emergency Management Agency will provide $1.7 million to the state for the Nicholas County School to secure temporary facilities following the flooding in late June that damaged or destroyed buildings.

According to Sens. Shelley Moore Capito and Joe Manchin, FEMA will pay 75 percent of the $2.3 million cost. The state is expected to pay the balance.

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On West Virginia Morning, Appalachia Health News Reporter Kara Lofton reports from the free health clinic held this past weekend in Elkview.

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Elkview Free Clinic
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Hundreds of people were treated over the weekend at a free health clinic in Elkview.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that organizers of the clinic, which was held Saturday and Sunday at Elkview Middle School, say around 600 patients, some as far away as Virginia and Tennessee, were served.

Free Medical Clinic Comes to Elkview

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On West Virginia Morning, State Senator Chris Walters fills us in on the details of a free medical clinic being held this weekend in Kanawha County and Ashton Marra introduces us to Conor Knighton, a correspondent for CBS Sunday Morning who is returning to his home town to host Mountain Stage on Sunday. 

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A West Virginia school district ravaged by floods in June is receiving a $2.7 million federal grant for temporarily facilities to replace its damaged schools.

On Tuesday, Congressman Evan Jenkins announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency money for Nicholas County School District.

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A free medical clinic for West Virginia flood victims and others in need is set for this weekend in Kanawha County.

The clinic will be held Saturday and Sunday at Elkview Middle School. Services will be offered beginning at 6 a.m. each day.

Downtown Richwood, WV, at dawn after hours of heavy rain flooded the little town.
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A few more meetings have been added to help West Virginia homeowners get grants to reduce risks during future disasters in flood-ravaged areas.

The Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management says a meeting about the federal Hazard Mitigation Grant Program will take place the evening of Oct. 18 at Midland Trail High School in Hico.

Two more evening meetings will follow — one on Oct. 19 at the Gauley Bridge Community Center, and another Oct. 25 at Clay County High School Auditorium.

Clay County
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Clay County residents are speaking out against the closure of a bridge damaged during the June floods.

People rallied Sunday at the Camp Creek Bridge, voicing their displeasure about the closure.

Last month, the state Division of Highways announced that the 91-year-old bridge would be shut down to vehicle traffic, but remain open for foot traffic.

Flood, Clendenin
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West Virginia is receiving $17 million in federal money to help recover from deadly flooding over the summer.

The funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development's Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery program was announced by West Virginia lawmakers on Friday.

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Marshall University is hosting a middle school football game at its indoor practice facility to benefit flood victims and recovery efforts.

Marshall says on its athletic department website that teams from Elkview and DuPont middle schools will play Saturday. It's the first game to be played at the 2-year-old building. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m.

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Officials say students in Nicholas and Kanawha counties who were displaced by June's devastating floods will be moved from makeshift classrooms to long-term temporary modular units by the start of 2017.

The Register-Herald of Beckley reports West Virginia School Building Authority Director of School Planning and Construction Scott Raines told the authority's board last week that the portable units should be ready by Jan. 1.

For now, Summersville Middle School students have been attending classes sectioned off by tall curtains inside the Summersville Arena and Conference Center, where sounds echo inside the arena.

Roane County Floods
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West Virginia is one of four states that will receive part of a $500 million dollar federal flood-relief package. However, it’s unclear how much of it will be awarded to the Mountain State.

Flood, Clendenin
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After the spending bill was blocked, West Virginia officials are applauding the passage of legislation that includes flood recovery money.

The House voted Wednesday night to send President Obama a bill to avert a government shutdown and put $500 million toward West Virginia and Louisiana flood relief. The Senate voted earlier Wednesday.

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Several more meetings are coming up to help homeowners get grants to reduce risks during future disasters in flood-ravaged areas.

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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's administration has awarded more than $1 million in grants to small businesses devastated by floods in June.

A West Virginia county school board has landed a $1.5 million federal grant for flood recovery efforts.

On Friday, U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito announced the grant for the Kanawha County Board of Education.

Flood, Clendenin
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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is extending a state of emergency for five West Virginia counties devastated by floods in June.

Tomblin announced the extension until Oct. 21 for Clay, Greenbrier, Kanawha, Nicholas and Webster counties to ensure that state resources are provided to rebuild homes, businesses and communities. That includes demolition and stream cleanup efforts.

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On this West Virginia Morning, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has signed a bill to provide $85 million in state funding to help pay for continued flood clean-up and recovery costs. 

The $85 million accounts for 25 percent of the nearly $340 million in total damage caused by the June 23, 2016, flood that killed 23 people. The federal government will pay the rest of the cost.

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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has signed a bill to help pay for the state’s portion of recovery efforts in the 12 counties affected by June’s flooding. 

Tomblin stood on the stage at Elkview Middle School with members of the Legislature and the Herbert Hoover High School senior class before signing House Bill 201. 

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