W.Va. Flood Plan Gathering Dust on a Shelf

Downtown Richwood, WV, at dawn after hours of heavy rain flooded the little town.

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?

That’s what reporter Ken Ward of the Charleston Gazette-Mail discovered. After Ward’s story, House Speaker Tim Armstead promised a review of that 2004 plan.

Ward spoke with Laurie Lin and Scott Finn for our podcast, The Front Porch. Ward talks about what was in this report, and the one state worker who tried in vain to get it implemented.

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