Energy & Environment

Four Pole Creek Flood
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Storms rolled through Huntington late Thursday afternoon causing Four Pole Creek to quickly rise, flooding parts of the city.

The flash flooding caused one death on Green Valley Road when a car with three people tried to drive through high waters.  One woman, Sherry Wysong, couldn’t be saved before the car was carried off the road.

West Virginia emergency officials say state and Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster recovery centers are changing their hours starting Sunday.

The centers will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Saturday, but starting next week, new operating hours will be 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management says the centers will be closed on Sundays, including this Sunday.

Muddy cars sit in front a flooded-out home on Saturday, June 25, 2016, in Clendenin, in northern Kanawha County, W.Va.
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West Virginia residents considering the purchase of a used vehicle should use extra caution in light of last month's flooding.

That's the advice of state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, who says buyers should watch out for offers that seem too good to be true.

Flood
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As of July 13th, the American Red Cross says it has provided more than 2,300 overnight stays, delivered over 194,000 meals and snacks and distributed more than 132,000 bulk items—such as bleach, water and clean-up kits.

The Red Cross says this weekend members of the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation—a world-wide volunteer-based humanitarian organization—will be distributing debit cards to those pre-approved families which suffered damages from flooding. Applicants must bring a photo ID and proof of residence. All assistance is in addition to that offered by FEMA and/or the Red Cross.

Flood
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Kanawha County Clerk Vera McCormick and some of her staff are trying to help flood victims and absorbing some of the expense they might face.

McCormick said in a news release that as a result of the June 23 flooding, people aren't being charged for copies of deeds for affected properties. As of this week, 29 people have received copies of deeds at no expense.

Clendenin Public Library
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Not only were homes and businesses impacted by flood waters last month, but public libraries suffered as well.

Five feet of flood water destroyed the Rainelle Public library’s entire print and digital collections. According to a press release from the West Virginia Library Commission, the Clendenin Public Library was declared a catastrophe. Flood waters forced out windows and left 8 inches of mud throughout the building. All books were destroyed, and the structural integrity of the facility is in doubt.

Coal Stock Pile
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One of the largest coal operators in the region, Alpha Natural Resources, is striking deals so that the terms of its bankruptcy can be finalized in court. One deal protects hundreds of workers; another sets aside millions for environmental cleanup.

boating, fishing
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West Virginia residents can now buy five-day fishing licenses.

Division of Natural Resources Director Bob Fala says the new license is intended to allow fishing opportunities for residents who may be on vacation, are fishing for the first time or are returning to the sport.

Dave Mistich / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The trial for a class-action lawsuit over a West Virginia chemical spill that polluted 300,000 people's drinking water has been rescheduled for October.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that U.S. District Judge John T. Copenhaver in Charleston announced the Oct. 25 trial date Thursday.

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Coal giant Murray Energy says it is not expecting to lay off any of the 4,400 coal miners in six states who recently received notice that they could lose their jobs.

A release from the St. Clairsville, Ohio, company says that despite the warning, "no layoffs are contemplated or expected at this time." 

Dave Mistich / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Catastrophic floods ravaged southern West Virginia on June 23rd, 2016. As people look to the future, many are debating the role of climate change.

Lots of people who grew up and live in southern West Virginia insist flooding has never been as bad as it is today. Not everyone agrees why. It's likely a combination of forces at work, but how much of a role is climate change playing?

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A week after deadly floods ravaged West Virginia, all residents in one of the hardest-hit towns have tap water again. They just can't drink it yet.

In a news release Friday, West Virginia American Water said it has restored tap water to all areas of Clendenin.

Appalachian Power says it will pay for electrical inspections necessary to restore power for West Virginia flood victims.

Charleston manager of distribution systems Tom Johnson says the inspection is important to make sure restoring power is safe, even though it may seem like an additional burden for people already going through the aftermath of the storms.

Sergeant First Class Casey Phalen / WV National Guard

The Federal Emergency Management Agency issued a press release announcing details on how survivors affected by West Virginia flooding can get assistance. Federal disaster assistance for individuals and families can include money for rental assistance, essential home repairs, personal property loss and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance.

Saints Practice
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The New Orleans Saints are planning to keep their training camp in West Virginia after recent flooding in the state killed at least 23 people.

The team says in a statement it has been in contact with officials at the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs and it still plans to hold training camp at the facility beginning on July 27.

Kara Lofton / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Last week, state health officials warned people about flood waters filled with contaminants, like sewage or gasoline. While they are still urging caution, officials at West Virginia’s Department of Environmental Protection say the volume of flood water likely diluted the most toxic substances.  

Ashton Marra

Flooding debris is piling up as waters continue to recede. Mixed in the debris: hazardous materials. An emergency response unit at the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection is coordinating with the state’s National Guard to deal with flood debris.

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America's largest coal-mining company says it's reached a tentative labor agreement with unionized miners.

Murray American Energy announced Friday a 5-year pact struck between the United Mine Workers of America and the Bituminous Coal Operators Association, representing mine operators in Ohio and West Virginia.

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The partial demolition of the Highland Dam has caused new problems in the West Fork River, including dropping water levels and exposed sewer lines.

Bill Hoover, general manager of Greater Harrison Public Services, tells the Exponent Telegram that the department has been monitoring water levels since April. He says he's never seen the water level this low.

Black Bear
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Police have arrested eight men on a variety of charges related to hunting black bears illegally in West Virginia.

A news release Wednesday from the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources says an investigation began in September 2015 when an illegal bear baiting site was reported near Mount Storm in Grant County.

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