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. 

Kara Lofton / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Over the past two weeks, 12 counties have been given federal disaster declarations. Severe flooding in those counties destroyed thousands of homes and businesses and many are looking to the federal government--specifically the Federal Emergency Management Agency--for help in rebuilding. 

Kara Lofton / West Virginia Public Broadcasting


The West Virginia Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management says 35 schools have been impacted in some way by last month’s historic flooding.

Patrick Morrisey, W. Va. Attorney General
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The West Virginia attorney general's office is warning people affected by severe storms and flooding last week to be careful in hiring workers for repairs.

A news release from Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's office said unlicensed workers may target neighborhoods and offer repairs with deals that aren't legitimate. The release said often, money is paid before the work is finished.

West Virginia Morning
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On West Virginia Morning, 35 schools were damaged in last month’s historic flooding.  With some schools set to open in just over a month, school officials are on a tight deadline to fix them.  Also, State Senator Chris Walters has been volunteering in his district since flooding began.  He talks about the need for more volunteers to assist our flooded neighbors. 

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

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Alabama coach Nick Saban and Florida State's Jimbo Fisher are seeking support for high school football programs decimated by floods in their native West Virginia.

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Dozens of inmates are helping with flood cleanup efforts in West Virginia.

State Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety spokesman Lawrence Messina says inmate work crews from Division of Corrections facilities have helped daily. Those efforts include mostly debris removal and at times assisting the Division of Highways with road repairs.

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The West Virginia Division of Highways says road damage from recent floods that claimed at least 23 lives now totals $46,859,290.

Flood
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Residents of towns like Rainelle and White Sulphur Springs continue to gut their homes and clean up debris. Many residents are now moving on to the next step: applying for assistance and then deciding on their next move.

 

The question is: will they stay and rebuild or go elsewhere?

Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

More federal aid is on the way to help West Virginia governments pay for extensive damage done by floods that killed 23 people.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced in a news release Thursday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved public assistance for agencies in 11 counties.

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While the initial disaster response was focused on Greenbrier, Kanawha, and Nicholas counties, it wasn’t long before state officials realized the damage was more widespread.

 

In Clay County, much like the rest of the region, the storms hit Thursday. On Friday, the county got its first shipment of water and National Guard troops, but after that, they were left without much state aid until Saturday afternoon.

Mayor: 'Clendenin is Going to Survive'

Jul 7, 2016
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Two weeks after historic flooding in the Kanawha County town of Clendenin destroyed or damaged homes, churches, and even town hall, the people who live there are still working to clear mud and debris from the homes and city streets.

 

There are two donation collection locations set up for the town of about 1,200, one across the street from the damaged post office that's now closed. Workers are handing out mail from a temporary trailer  parked next to a tent full of food and cleaning supplies.

Chris Walters

If you think there’s no longer a need for volunteers or donations for flood victims – state Senator Chris Walters wants to set you straight.

Walters represents the flood-damaged communities of Clendenin and Elkview. Shortly after the flood, he helped set up a staging area for volunteers and donations.

West Virginia Morning
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On West Virginia Morning, host Beth Vorhees talks with Adjutant General James Hoyer about the National Guard’s work in the recovery of last month’s devastating floods.  West Virginia Public Broadcasting reporters check in with some of the communities hardest hit to see how they are doing and more from Greene County, Pennsylvania where two men who have lost their mining jobs are helping others find new work. 

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Businesses affected by the historic flooding two weeks ago have a chance to get some help as they rebuild.

The United States Small Business Administration Office of Disaster Assistance has set up two Business Recovery Centers in Charleston and Maxwelton in Greenbrier County.

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West Virginia House Speaker Tim Armstead is urging state lawmakers to revisit a more than decade-old flood protection plan to find ways to avoid a repeat of the disaster that killed at least 23 people last month.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports Armstead released a statement Tuesday that he wants a "comprehensive review" of the plan to be a focus of study in interim legislative committee meetings.

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A sheriff says a body found in Greenbrier County over the weekend has been identified as a woman who had been missing following last month's devastating floods.

Greenbrier County Sheriff Jan Cahill said Wednesday that one of two bodies found Saturday was positively identified as 33-year-old Nataysha Hughes of White Sulphur Springs.

Kara Lofton / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Three people have been arrested for taking donated items while falsely claiming to be flood victims.

Sgt. C.R. Johnson of the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources tells WVVA-TV that a recent anonymous tip lead the department to investigate siblings Eric Stone, Diane Stone and Marcia Stone of Rupert.

West Virginia Morning
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On West Virginia Morning, Charleston Gazette-Mail reporter Ken Ward talks with Scott Finn about a state flood plan that’s been ignored for 12 years. And we’ll have the third in a series of special reports about the decline of the coal industry just across West Virginia’s border in Pennsylvania.

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

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

Did you know West Virginia has a plan, more than a decade in the making, designed to save lives and prevent damage from floods?

And what if you found out this plan is mostly gathering dust on a shelf?

Rachel Taylor stands on the front porch of her little yellow house in White Sulphur Springs. The front door is pasted with paw prints where her dog tried to get in during the flood.

Across the street, nestled between two battered houses, is an empty lot marked by a cross with an array of flowers and photos. It’s a memorial for a family washed away by the flood.

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