2016 Flood

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Heavy flooding in West Virginia has claimed lives, destroyed thousands of homes and businesses as 10 counties have been declared a federal disaster. Find our complete coverage below including  links to disaster relief and other useful information. 

Flooding in downtown Richwood
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Appalachian Power has given more than $100,000 to flood relief efforts in West Virginia, including over $50,000 in personal contributions from employees.

American Electric Power Foundation added a matching gift of $50,000 to raise the total presented to the American Red Cross and Salvation Army on Monday.

Flood, Clendenin
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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is maintaining a state of emergency for eight West Virginia counties devastated by floods in June.

On Monday, Tomblin announced the extension until Sept. 21 for eight of the 12 counties that have been under a state of emergency. The declaration was scheduled to expire Monday, two months after floods killed 23 people and destroyed homes, businesses and infrastructure.

West Virginia Morning
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Small-scale farmers in the region often find it challenging to keep their land sustainable while staying competitive in the marketplace. 

The Ohio Valley ReSource's Nicole Erwin visited a farm that’s doing both with a method called rotational grazing. She found that this “new” approach grows from some very old ideas.

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Two legislative interim committees received updates Sunday on the state of West Virginia’s recovery since June’s flooding.

Infrastructure came first during a meeting of the Joint Legislative Oversight Commission on Department of Transportation Accountability.

DOT Secretary Paul Mattox told lawmakers the state’s highways, roads and bridges suffered $55.5 million dollars in damage. That damage was largely focused in three counties- Clay, Kanawha and Greenbrier- and Mattox said significant progress has been made in repairs in those areas.

Roane County Floods
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A state of emergency for 12 West Virginia counties due to devastating floods in June could be over soon.

The state of emergency declared by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is scheduled to expire Monday, two months after floods killed 23 people and destroyed homes, businesses and infrastructure.

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Federal officials are shutting down centers that have helped West Virginia small businesses obtain low-interest loans after damaging floods in June.

The U.S. Small Business Administration says the business recovery centers in Kanawha, Greenbrier and Nicholas counties will stop operating Monday.

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Aug 19, 2016
West Virginia Morning
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On West Virginia Morning, Dave Mistich reports on an all-star lineup that will perform at Joe’s Pub in New York City on Sunday to benefit flood relief in West Virginia and John Mark Nelson is along with our Mountain Stage song of the week. 

That’s on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

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In the wake of June’s devastating floods, West Virginians from all over mobilized to help those in need. High-profile natives like Brad Paisley and Jennifer Garner returned home to raise awareness as well as money, shining a light on a tragedy that claimed 23 lives and destroyed or damaged thousands of homes and businesses. But there are other big name West Virginians playing a part, too - even if they can't make it back home to do so. 

Rainelle, Flood
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A group building homes for flood-ravaged residents in White Sulphur Springs is joining a similar effort in hard-hit Rainelle.

Homes for West Virginia says in a news release it's partnering with the Appalachia Service Project. The goal is to build at least 50 homes in Rainelle and fix others in need of repairs.

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Aug 18, 2016
West Virginia Morning
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On West Virginia Morning, Clark Davis has more from Huntington about the day 26 people overdosed on heroin in the span of four hours and West Virginia’s poet laureate Marc Harshman is along with this month’s poetry break. 

That’s on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

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About three weeks after June’s historic flooding, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin appointed Major General James Hoyer of the West Virginia National Guard as Chief Recovery Coordinator – tasked with building a team of volunteers to lead flood recovery efforts in southeastern West Virginia. Hoyer asked state Senator John Unger to be one of those team members.

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A two-day free medical clinic for West Virginia flood victims and others in need is being planned this fall in Kanawha County.

Organizers announced the clinic Wednesday at a news conference in Charleston.

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The deadline for West Virginians impacted by June’s flooding to register for federal disaster relief has been extended. 

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin announced through a press release the deadline to register with FEMA- the Federal Emergency Management Agency- has been extended from August 24 to September 7.  That gives flood victims in 12 counties an additional two weeks to register.

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A West Virginia State University chemistry professor is helping to collect science equipment to donate to schools whose labs were damaged in floods earlier this year.

Professor Micheal Fultz tells The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that he has received tens of thousands of dollars' worth of equipment, including microscopes, glassware and drying ovens.

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Brad Paisley will perform a free concert at West Virginia University next month.

WVU says in a news release that the country music star will perform Sept. 9 in a parking lot outside the WVU Law School. West Virginia's football team plays Youngstown State on Sept. 10 in Morgantown.

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A search team in West Virginia has recovered the body of a teen who had been missing since flooding in June swept her away.

State police Sgt. Drew Pendleton tells news outlets the West Virginia state medical examiner's office identified the body as that of 14-year-old Mykala Phillips. She had been missing and presumed dead since June 23, when a flood swept her away from her family.

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There are only two weeks left for survivors of June’s devastating flooding to apply for federal grants or loans.

The deadline to apply for disaster assistance with either the Federal Emergency Management Agency or the U.S. Small Business Administration is on Wednesday, August 24.

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A search team in West Virginia has recovered a body that a sheriff believes belongs to a teen who's been missing since flooding in June swept here away.

Fourteen-year-old Mykala Phillips has been missing and presumed dead since June 23, when a flood swept her away from her family.

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On West Virginia Morning, Glynis Board reports on a study that shows drinking water is laced with toxic chemicals and Ashton Marra talks with Revenue Secretary Bob Kiss about how the state will pay its share of the bill for flood repairs. 

These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

Students from schools affected by recent floods in West Virginia will be hosted by other schools this upcoming school year.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that Bridge Elementary School will host students from Clendenin Elementary School starting Wednesday after June's floods closed down Clendenin Elementary.

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The Department of Health and Human Resources announced today that disaster SNAP benefits provided more than $4.5 million in nutrition assistance benefits to thousands of West Virginians affected by June’s floods.

The disaster supplemental nutrition assistance - or disaster SNAP- program was aimed at residents in the 12 counties most affected by June’s flooding. The program provided almost $400 in assistance to about 5,000 residents who don’t normally receive SNAP benefits. The program also assisted almost 44,000 individuals who had been receiving SNAP benefits before the floods.

Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

FEMA-- the Federal Emergency Management Agency-- is well known for its individual housing assistance program- a federal program that helps homeowners and renters who have lost their housing and belongings in natural disasters, but the agency has another program that helps states and local governments rebuild.

Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Thousands of West Virginians are still recovering more than six weeks after heavy rains caused historic flooding in southeastern parts of the state. State officials say finding housing is still one of the top priorities, but the need in some communities is changing.

West Virginia University's Student Government Association is heading to southern West Virginia for flood cleanup efforts.

As part of its annual leadership retreat, the SGA plans to travel to Rainelle on Monday and Tuesday to lead multiple volunteer groups.

Communities Rely on FEMA Funds to Rebuild

Aug 8, 2016
West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On West Virginia Morning, today is the deadline for local governments to apply for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.  Ashton Marra reports many small communities depend on that assistance.  And from the Ohio Valley ReSource,  reporter Aaron Payne visits three addiction treatment centers with three very difference approaches to deal with opioid addictions. 

These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

Brad Paisley
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 Country music star Brad Paisley is helping a home rebuilding project in flood-ravaged West Virginia get off to a solid start.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held Saturday for 42 homes and a community park to be built on land donated by the city of White Sulphur Springs. They will be for residents whose homes were destroyed in the June 23 floods.

Homes for West Virginia is a newly created partnership with local stakeholders and New Orleans-based SBP, a disaster recovery nonprofit group founded after Hurricane Katrina.

Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Rev. Jeff Allen, executive director of the West Virginia Council of Churches, describes the role religious organizations play not only in physical recovery after the June floods, but in spiritual recovery as well.

Kara Lofton / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

June 24th, 3am. Outside Liberty Baptist Church in Richwood, a few exhausted staff sat silently smoking cigarettes in the dark. Power was out throughout the town - and no one wanted to speak to the media. Nursing home administrator Belinda Stear wearily agreed to speak for a few minutes by flashlight inside the church’s kitchen.

“The water started rising, it was raining, we were watching the river just like we always do,” she said.

Around 1pm Thursday, Stear made the call to evacuate residents to Liberty Baptist Church – which sits on higher ground above the nursing home.

Flood, Elkview
Kara Lofton / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The amount of damage done to West Virginia's roads by recent devastating floods has reached almost $55 million.

The state Division of Highways announced a revised road damage estimate Friday. The total is about $8 million higher than an estimate made by state officials on July 7, and about $19 million more than an initial estimate the week before that.

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On West Virginia Morning, Appalachia Health News reporter Kara Lofton visits Richwood where flooding closed the town’s largest employer, a local nursing home.  And Beth Vorhees talks with Inside Appalachia host Jessica Lilly about the radio show’s first step into television with a special about the June floods.  It airs tonight on West Virginia Public Broadcasting.

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