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Grants for Flood-Harmed Businesses Reach $363K


West Virginia has approved $363,400 in grants to help 45 small businesses recover from damaging floods in June.

Commerce Secretary Keith Burdette gave the update on the state’s RISE West Virginia program Monday during a legislative meeting.

Burdette says the grants impact 287 jobs.

Burdette says 222 businesses in 11 counties have applied, including 89 in Greenbrier County, 50 in Kanawha and 42 in Nicholas. Applications are being processed.

Last week, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin awarded almost $200,000 to 23 Greenbrier businesses. They ranged from $2,000 to $10,000 per business.

Tomblin set a minimum $2 million goal through private donations and state money.

Burdette says a company donated $500,000 in office furniture for affected businesses.

The June 23 floods killed 23 people and damaged homes, businesses and infrastructure.