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FEMA Surpasses $1 Million In Aid For Residents Affected By April Storms

A billboard lay in ruins in a pile with metal posts.
Severe storms and winds knocked over a steel billboard and its support in the city of Dunbar on April 2.
Chris Dorst/Charleston Gazette-Mail via Associated Press

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved more than $1 million in aid for West Virginia residents and businesses affected by severe weather events in April including flooding, landslides and tornadoes.

Residents and businesses in 11 West Virginia counties affected by the storms — Boone, Cabell, Fayette, Kanawha, Lincoln, Marshall, Nicholas, Ohio, Putnam, Wayne and Wetzel counties, specifically — are eligible for the current round of federal aid through FEMA.

The $1 million in aid will go toward housing assistance, essential needs support and more. The agency announced Wednesday that 756 West Virginia households and businesses have been approved for aid thus far.

Applications for federal aid through FEMA remain open, and a deadline for applications has not yet been announced.

Qualifying residents can apply for aid at disasterassistance.gov, or call FEMA at 1-800-621-3362.

Residents can also speak with FEMA representatives in person at disaster recovery centers in Kanawha or Nicholas counties.

Some West Virginia residents whose work was affected by the severe weather may also be eligible to receive unemployment benefits through WorkForce West Virginia. For more information on accessing these benefits, see our previous reporting.

A sign on a door reads "WorkForce West Virginia," with its hours of operation listed below. The door is placed within a brick building facade.
Some residents who lost their jobs or were unable to work due to severe weather in April may be eligible for unemployment benefits through WorkForce West Virginia.

Photo Credit: Jack Walker/West Virginia Public Broadcasting