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FEMA Declares April Storms Major Disaster, Opening W.Va. To Federal Funds

A portion of a city on an island is shown under flood waters in Wheeling, W.Va.
Excessive rainfall in early April spurred record-breaking flooding across Wheeling and the Northern Panhandle.
Wheeling Fire Department

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has declared a stretch of extreme weather in West Virginia last month — including flooding, landslides and tornadoes — a major disaster, opening the state to federal relief funds.

The declaration was made Wednesday. After the incidents in April, Gov. Jim Justice said during a virtual press briefing the state would pursue a FEMA disaster declaration that encompassed all of the local incidents.

In making a disaster declaration, FEMA needs to see “a great number of people that are affected, or a great amount of property damage,” he said.

Residents affected in designated areas of the state — primarily the Kanawha Valley, Northern Panhandle and Preston County — can now apply for federal financial support over personal, business or property damages incurred during the incidents from April 2 to April 6.

Residents can apply for the funding at disasterassistance.gov.

For more information on the disaster declaration and resources available through the Federal Emergency Management Agency, visit fema.gov/disaster/4783.