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. 

West Virginia Morning
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On West Virginia Morning, Glynis Board reports on a study that shows drinking water is laced with toxic chemicals and Ashton Marra talks with Revenue Secretary Bob Kiss about how the state will pay its share of the bill for flood repairs. 

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

Students from schools affected by recent floods in West Virginia will be hosted by other schools this upcoming school year.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that Bridge Elementary School will host students from Clendenin Elementary School starting Wednesday after June's floods closed down Clendenin Elementary.

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The Department of Health and Human Resources announced today that disaster SNAP benefits provided more than $4.5 million in nutrition assistance benefits to thousands of West Virginians affected by June’s floods.

The disaster supplemental nutrition assistance - or disaster SNAP- program was aimed at residents in the 12 counties most affected by June’s flooding. The program provided almost $400 in assistance to about 5,000 residents who don’t normally receive SNAP benefits. The program also assisted almost 44,000 individuals who had been receiving SNAP benefits before the floods.

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FEMA-- the Federal Emergency Management Agency-- is well known for its individual housing assistance program- a federal program that helps homeowners and renters who have lost their housing and belongings in natural disasters, but the agency has another program that helps states and local governments rebuild.

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Thousands of West Virginians are still recovering more than six weeks after heavy rains caused historic flooding in southeastern parts of the state. State officials say finding housing is still one of the top priorities, but the need in some communities is changing.

West Virginia University's Student Government Association is heading to southern West Virginia for flood cleanup efforts.

As part of its annual leadership retreat, the SGA plans to travel to Rainelle on Monday and Tuesday to lead multiple volunteer groups.

Communities Rely on FEMA Funds to Rebuild

Aug 8, 2016
West Virginia Morning
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On West Virginia Morning, today is the deadline for local governments to apply for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.  Ashton Marra reports many small communities depend on that assistance.  And from the Ohio Valley ReSource,  reporter Aaron Payne visits three addiction treatment centers with three very difference approaches to deal with opioid addictions. 

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

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 Country music star Brad Paisley is helping a home rebuilding project in flood-ravaged West Virginia get off to a solid start.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held Saturday for 42 homes and a community park to be built on land donated by the city of White Sulphur Springs. They will be for residents whose homes were destroyed in the June 23 floods.

Homes for West Virginia is a newly created partnership with local stakeholders and New Orleans-based SBP, a disaster recovery nonprofit group founded after Hurricane Katrina.

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Rev. Jeff Allen, executive director of the West Virginia Council of Churches, describes the role religious organizations play not only in physical recovery after the June floods, but in spiritual recovery as well.

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June 24th, 3am. Outside Liberty Baptist Church in Richwood, a few exhausted staff sat silently smoking cigarettes in the dark. Power was out throughout the town - and no one wanted to speak to the media. Nursing home administrator Belinda Stear wearily agreed to speak for a few minutes by flashlight inside the church’s kitchen.

“The water started rising, it was raining, we were watching the river just like we always do,” she said.

Around 1pm Thursday, Stear made the call to evacuate residents to Liberty Baptist Church – which sits on higher ground above the nursing home.

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The amount of damage done to West Virginia's roads by recent devastating floods has reached almost $55 million.

The state Division of Highways announced a revised road damage estimate Friday. The total is about $8 million higher than an estimate made by state officials on July 7, and about $19 million more than an initial estimate the week before that.

West Virginia Morning
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On West Virginia Morning, Appalachia Health News reporter Kara Lofton visits Richwood where flooding closed the town’s largest employer, a local nursing home.  And Beth Vorhees talks with Inside Appalachia host Jessica Lilly about the radio show’s first step into television with a special about the June floods.  It airs tonight on West Virginia Public Broadcasting.

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Officials say West Virginia’s tax collections did not meet estimates again in July, marking 15 months since the state met or exceeded those estimates.

Secretary of Revenue Bob Kiss says West Virginia tax collections were nearly $33 million short of estimates for the month.  A large portion of that was due to a decline in the state’s consumer sales tax collections.

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A group dedicated to rebuilding communities plans to kick off a home construction project in White Sulphur Springs following devastating floods.

A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled Saturday on the site of Hope Village.

Appalachian Art Celebrated at WVU Art Museum

Aug 4, 2016
West Virginia Morning
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On West Virginia Morning, the town of Clendenin was hit hard by June’s massive flood, now residents have learned that both their local high school and elementary school are too damaged to re-open.  And we’ll visit the art museum at West Virginia University where a vast collection of Appalachian art is on display. 

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

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Members of the Kanawha County Board of Education promised the community of Clendenin it would rebuild their destroyed elementary school within the community. 

Clendenin Elementary sustained the most damage of any school in the county during June's historic flooding when 97 percent of the structure was damaged.

Flood Victims Find FEMA Help Frustrating

Aug 3, 2016
West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On West Virginia Morning, in flood stricken areas, residents are finding the process of finding housing assistance from FEMA frustrating and we’ll visit a new facility in Huntington that seeks to help the state’s economy grow through agriculture. 

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

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Federal and state health agencies are surveying households in two counties to assess the impact of the recent flooding on communities in southern West Virginia.

The survey uses a standardized questionnaire to evaluate the physical and behavioral health of a household. It also assesses residents’ knowledge of access to information and resources for recovery.

West Virginia Morning
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On West Virginia Morning, Glynis Board reports from Follensbee where weekend rains left parts of the town under 8 feet of water.  And Kara Lofton reports from Wheeling where two doctors are prescribing healthy foods instead of medications. 

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

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West Virginia University says net proceeds from a women's basketball game against Concord University this fall will benefit families affected by flooding in southern West Virginia.

The school said the Mountaineers recently visited Rainelle to help with flood recovery efforts, removing personal items, debris and water-logged walls and flooring from a couple of homes.

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