2016 Flood

Credit Kara Lofton / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

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. 

W. Va Lawmakers Approve Flood Recovery Funding

Sep 20, 2016
West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On West Virginia Morning, the two agencies that oversee higher education responded to a performance review nine months after the review was given.  Liz McCormick has that story and a report from Green County, Pennsylvania, just across the West Virginia border, about coal and the presidential race. 

These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

Perry Bennett / West Virginia Legislative Photography

The West Virginia Senate has approved a bill to send $85 million in state aid to counties impacted by June’s flooding.

Senators voted 32-0 Monday completing the Legislature’s work on the bill.

The bill appropriates $21 million from lottery reserves, $9 million from an unappropriated surplus from the previous fiscal year, and $55 million from the state’s Rainy Day Fund.

Farmers Are Using Data But Who Owns the Data?

Sep 19, 2016
West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On West Virginia Morning, Nicole Erwin with the Ohio Valley Resource explores how farmers are using data to determine when to plant and when to harvest.  The story on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

Perry Bennett / West Virginia Legislative Photography

Members of the House of Delegates quickly approved a bill Sunday evening to provide $85 million in state aid to flood victims in 12 counties declared federal disaster areas in June.

Flood, Elkview
Kara Lofton / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

About 500 people remain out of work because a flood-damaged bridge crucial to accessing a marooned Elkview mall has not yet been repaired.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports a hotel, restaurants, gas stations, stores and other businesses in the Crossing Mall, including Kmart and Kroger, are still inaccessible. There are no signs of construction to replace the culvert that was swept away by raging floodwater on June 23.

Perry Bennett / West Virginia Legislative Photography

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin will call lawmakers into a special session Sunday evening to consider legislation that will help the state continue to cleanup and recover from June’s historic flooding. 

Gov. Tomblin issued the proclamation Friday convening a special session beginning Sunday evening at 6pm. Lawmakers will only be able to consider two pieces of legislation, according to the session call.

Kara Lofton

In a rare unified effort, Senators Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito joined with Representatives David McKinley, Alex Mooney, Evan Jenkins, and Governor Tomblin today to petition president Obama on behalf of flood victims in the state.  

Center Court at Creekside Greenbrier
Steve Helber / AP

The Greenbrier is ready to host its annual tennis classic after floods badly damaged its stadium court in June.

The Beckley Register-Herald reports that the fifth annual Greenbrier Champions Tennis Classic is taking place this Saturday and Sunday. It features Venus Williams, Madison Keys, John McEnroe and Pete Sampras.

Flood, Clendenin
Kara Lofton / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin says West Virginia incurred about $300 million in damages from deadly floods in June.

Tomblin told reporters Tuesday he plans to call lawmakers into session next week to address the state's share of flood costs. Tomblin says in the worst case scenario, the state would cover about $75 million.

Ken Kendrick
Ross D. Franklin / Associated Press

West Virginia University says more than $1 million in donations will help West Virginia flood victims through a challenge match from Arizona Diamondbacks owner Ken Kendrick.

Kendrick is a WVU alumnus. He had said after devastating floods in late June that he would match contributions to the WVU Foundation dollar-for-dollar up to $500,000.

June Flood Devastating to Many Farmers

Sep 13, 2016
West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On West Virginia Morning, the massive flood in June caused over three million dollars in damages to farms.  Roxy Todd visits one such farm in Greenbrier County and Appalachia Health News reporter Kara Lofton spends a day with a crew from the HealthNet Aeromedical Services.

These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

Roane County Floods
Jeff Fetty

West Virginia officials are planning several meetings in flood-ravaged areas about grants to help homeowners reduce risks during future disasters.

The Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management says the first meeting about the federal Hazard Mitigation Grant Program will take place Tuesday behind Clendenin City Hall.

West Virginia Legislature

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is urging county school boards to tally their flood damages quickly so he can call a special session later this month to address flood costs.

Tomblin told reporters Wednesday that school damages will be key in determining whether the cash-strapped state has to foot 25 percent of flood costs, or just 10 percent.

Josh Saul / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The deadline is approaching for West Virginia residents affected by flooding in June to apply for federal assistance.

Wednesday is the deadline to apply for disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Administration and to submit applications for U.S. Small Business Administration loans.

FEMA, SBA Application Deadline is Today

Sep 7, 2016
West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On West Virginia Morning, today is the deadline to apply for disaster assistance from FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration.  We’ll talk with a FEMA spokesman about the process and from Morgantown a story about a debate over urban agriculture. 

These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

FEMA and SBA application information is below.

Flood
Kara Lofton / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

A Kanawha County official says some residents have been illegally dumping flood debris.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the information comes less than a week after a flood debris site at the Clendenin park and ride closed.

Flood
Kara Lofton / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Federal officials say three disaster recovery centers set up following devastating flooding that hit West Virginia in June are closing this week.

The officials say the recovery centers are in White Sulphur Springs and Rainelle in Greenbrier County and at Clendenin in Kanawha County.

Federal officials say the deadline for West Virginia storm survivors to register for federal disaster assistance has been extended to Sept. 7.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency says the extension was granted at the request of West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin.

Flood, Clendenin
Kara Lofton / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

More than 8,000 West Virginia households have contacted the Federal Emergency Management Agency for federal assistance since June’s flooding.

FEMA officials say 8,732 West Virginians have contacted the agency for help after high waters damaged or destroyed thousands of homes and businesses on June 30. That number is expected to increase, though, because the deadline to apply for assistance does not expire until September 7.

Portable Classrooms
Steve Morgan / wikimedia commons

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has asked schools in West Virginia to reconsider using portable classrooms for students affected by recent floods.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that FEMA asked Kanawha County Schools last week to consider alternatives to portable classrooms because of how expensive it would be to use the units for such an extended time.

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