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. 

Saints Cleanup Greenbrier County
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  The New Orleans Saints have spent much of their first full day in West Virginia helping the community where they're opening training camp recover from disastrous flooding.

Much of the Saints' efforts were focused on a park where there are playing fields, public tennis and basketball courts, and a playground.

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On West Virginia Morning, host Beth Vorhees talks live with Senate Minority Leader Jeff Kessler who is in Philadelphia for the Democratic National Convention and as communities begin to repair and rebuild after last month’s massive floods, Glynis Board reports that replacement bridges designed by Mennonites are proving popular. 

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

Inside Appalachia: West Virginia’s 1,000 Year Flood

Jul 27, 2016

In this special television broadcast of Inside Appalachia with host Jessica Lilly, WVPB brings you the stories of heroism and survival in towns like Richwood, Rainelle, and Clendenin. Residents and community leaders share their stories of loss and resilience.

The National Weather Service called the June 2016 flooding in southern West Virginia an exceptional meteorological event, a vicious line-up of storms that came in simultaneously from multiple directions.

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  The New Orleans Saints will be in West Virginia helping out after deadly floods ravaged the region where they hold training camp.

A news release says the Saints players and staff will be at Villa Park in White Sulphur Springs on Wednesday to help with flood relief. Their training camp begins nearby Thursday morning at The Greenbrier Sports Performance Center.

Kara Lofton / WV Public Broadcasting

Residents affected by the June 23 may qualify for special Disaster SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits. Disaster SNAP benefits can be used by families to purchase food lost in the floods.

Flood, Elkview
Kara Lofton / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Elkview residents will have to wait at least two more months for a shopping center to reopen after an access bridge collapsed earlier last month during massive flash-flooding.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports a new bridge to Crossings Mall isn't expected to be completed for at least another eight weeks.

Denny Hamlin in 2009.
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NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin is heading to southern West Virginia to help out after deadly floods ravaged the region.

A news release from The Greenbrier resort says that on Thursday evening, Hamlin will hand out toys and school supplies to Greenbrier County students affected by the June 23 floods. He'll be at the White Sulphur Springs train station.

Flood
Kara Lofton / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Authorities say that almost all of Clendenin Elementary School has sustained flood damage.

Kanawha County Commissioner Dave Hardy tells local media about 97 percent of the school was damaged during last month's floods.

Unemployment Line
Matt Rourke / Associated Press

West Virginians who are out of work due to recent deadly floods are facing a deadline to apply for unemployment benefits.

The deadline to file a claim for employees or residents of Kanawha, Greenbrier and Nicholas counties is Wednesday.

How Well Are We Prepared for the Next Flood?

Jul 26, 2016
West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On West Virginia Morning, a review of disaster plans in West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky shows that the states are little prepared for the next big flood and ten health centers in West Virginia have joined together to form a first of its kind partnership in the state. 

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

Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The state is making millions of dollars in minigrants available for small businesses damaged by deadly floods last month.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced Monday that grants up to $10,000 will be awarded to small businesses through the RISE West Virginia public-private partnership.

A West Virginia county is spending at least $1 million to clean up after deadly, damaging floods last month.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that the Kanawha County Commission is allocating another $500,000 to flood recovery, bringing the total to $1 million.

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On West Virginia Morning,  host Beth Vorhees talks live with Belinda Biafore, the chair of the state Democratic Party from Philadelphia and Roxy Todd brings us the stories of AmeriCorps volunteers who have come from across the country to help the families affected by last month’s floods. 

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

Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has extended the state of emergency declared in 12 West Virginia counties impacted by last month’s flooding. 

Clay, Fayette, Greenbrier, Jackson, Kanawha, Lincoln, Monroe, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Roane, Summers and Webster counties will remain under a state of emergency until August 22.

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The West Virginia Chamber of Commerce is offering grants to small businesses hurt by last month's devastating floods.

Chamber attorney Parween Mascari tells The State Journal that the chamber has collected more than $100,000 for the impacted businesses.

One Month Out Many Still Struggling After Flood

Jul 21, 2016
West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On West Virginia Morning, the great flood of 2016 happened one month ago.  Today, reports about the people affected, a woman who lost her husband in Rainelle, a Clendenin woman who worries about her towns future and an artist struggling to keep her business going in Greenbrier County. 

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

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During the heavy rains earlier this summer, sewers systems overflowed and even broke, pastures flooded and rivers breached their banks. All this water mingled into a contaminated soup of surface water, sewage and chemicals. As one public health expert put it – anything that was on the road during the flood had the possibility of getting in the water.

Residents who lived or worked in a dozen West Virginia counties during last month's devastating floods may be eligible for disaster-related food stamps.

The Department of Health and Human Resources says in a news release that residents who aren't normally eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program may qualify for the benefits due to life-changing issues. Those include inability to access money in checking or savings accounts, unreimbursed disaster-related expenses and lost or reduced in income as a result of the floods.

Ken Kendrick
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West Virginia University says a challenge by Arizona Diamondbacks owner Ken Kendrick has helped bring in more than $300,000 for flood-relief efforts in southern West Virginia.

Kendrick is a WVU alumnus. He said last month he would match contributions to the WVU Foundation dollar-for-dollar up to $500,000.

Kara Lofton / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Natural disasters such as the historic floods West Virginia experienced in late June can be particularly frightening for children.

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