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. 

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Officials say West Virginia’s tax collections did not meet estimates again in July, marking 15 months since the state met or exceeded those estimates.

Secretary of Revenue Bob Kiss says West Virginia tax collections were nearly $33 million short of estimates for the month.  A large portion of that was due to a decline in the state’s consumer sales tax collections.

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A group dedicated to rebuilding communities plans to kick off a home construction project in White Sulphur Springs following devastating floods.

A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled Saturday on the site of Hope Village.

Appalachian Art Celebrated at WVU Art Museum

Aug 4, 2016
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On West Virginia Morning, the town of Clendenin was hit hard by June’s massive flood, now residents have learned that both their local high school and elementary school are too damaged to re-open.  And we’ll visit the art museum at West Virginia University where a vast collection of Appalachian art is on display. 

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

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Members of the Kanawha County Board of Education promised the community of Clendenin it would rebuild their destroyed elementary school within the community. 

Clendenin Elementary sustained the most damage of any school in the county during June's historic flooding when 97 percent of the structure was damaged.

Flood Victims Find FEMA Help Frustrating

Aug 3, 2016
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On West Virginia Morning, in flood stricken areas, residents are finding the process of finding housing assistance from FEMA frustrating and we’ll visit a new facility in Huntington that seeks to help the state’s economy grow through agriculture. 

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

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Federal and state health agencies are surveying households in two counties to assess the impact of the recent flooding on communities in southern West Virginia.

The survey uses a standardized questionnaire to evaluate the physical and behavioral health of a household. It also assesses residents’ knowledge of access to information and resources for recovery.

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On West Virginia Morning, Glynis Board reports from Follensbee where weekend rains left parts of the town under 8 feet of water.  And Kara Lofton reports from Wheeling where two doctors are prescribing healthy foods instead of medications. 

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

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West Virginia University says net proceeds from a women's basketball game against Concord University this fall will benefit families affected by flooding in southern West Virginia.

The school said the Mountaineers recently visited Rainelle to help with flood recovery efforts, removing personal items, debris and water-logged walls and flooring from a couple of homes.

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West Virginians living in the counties hardest hit by the June floods are preparing for the long-term recovery process as state and federal relief programs begin winding down.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that officials in Greenbrier County have set up an organization designed to coordinate volunteer efforts from non-profits, private businesses and faith-based groups.

Downtown Richwood, WV, at dawn after hours of heavy rain flooded the little town.
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Federal assistance has reached $72 million for West Virginians affected by devastating floods last month.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency says the money includes grants, loans and claims to individuals and state and local governments.

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West Virginia health officials plan to survey random households affected by last month's devastating floods in two of the hardest-hit counties.

On Thursday, the state Department of Health and Human Resources announced the survey in Kanawha and Greenbrier counties.

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Funeral arrangements have been made for a 14-year-old West Virginia girl missing and presumed dead in last month's devastating floods.  

The obituary for Mykala Cheyanne Phillips says the service will take place Sunday afternoon at Bethesda Church in White Sulphur Springs.

Saints Cleanup Greenbrier County
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  The New Orleans Saints have spent much of their first full day in West Virginia helping the community where they're opening training camp recover from disastrous flooding.

Much of the Saints' efforts were focused on a park where there are playing fields, public tennis and basketball courts, and a playground.

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On West Virginia Morning, host Beth Vorhees talks live with Senate Minority Leader Jeff Kessler who is in Philadelphia for the Democratic National Convention and as communities begin to repair and rebuild after last month’s massive floods, Glynis Board reports that replacement bridges designed by Mennonites are proving popular. 

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

Inside Appalachia: West Virginia’s 1,000 Year Flood

Jul 27, 2016

In this special television broadcast of Inside Appalachia with host Jessica Lilly, WVPB brings you the stories of heroism and survival in towns like Richwood, Rainelle, and Clendenin. Residents and community leaders share their stories of loss and resilience.

The National Weather Service called the June 2016 flooding in southern West Virginia an exceptional meteorological event, a vicious line-up of storms that came in simultaneously from multiple directions.

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  The New Orleans Saints will be in West Virginia helping out after deadly floods ravaged the region where they hold training camp.

A news release says the Saints players and staff will be at Villa Park in White Sulphur Springs on Wednesday to help with flood relief. Their training camp begins nearby Thursday morning at The Greenbrier Sports Performance Center.

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Residents affected by the June 23 may qualify for special Disaster SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits. Disaster SNAP benefits can be used by families to purchase food lost in the floods.

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Elkview residents will have to wait at least two more months for a shopping center to reopen after an access bridge collapsed earlier last month during massive flash-flooding.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports a new bridge to Crossings Mall isn't expected to be completed for at least another eight weeks.

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NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin is heading to southern West Virginia to help out after deadly floods ravaged the region.

A news release from The Greenbrier resort says that on Thursday evening, Hamlin will hand out toys and school supplies to Greenbrier County students affected by the June 23 floods. He'll be at the White Sulphur Springs train station.

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Authorities say that almost all of Clendenin Elementary School has sustained flood damage.

Kanawha County Commissioner Dave Hardy tells local media about 97 percent of the school was damaged during last month's floods.

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West Virginians who are out of work due to recent deadly floods are facing a deadline to apply for unemployment benefits.

The deadline to file a claim for employees or residents of Kanawha, Greenbrier and Nicholas counties is Wednesday.

How Well Are We Prepared for the Next Flood?

Jul 26, 2016
West Virginia Morning
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On West Virginia Morning, a review of disaster plans in West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky shows that the states are little prepared for the next big flood and ten health centers in West Virginia have joined together to form a first of its kind partnership in the state. 

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

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The state is making millions of dollars in minigrants available for small businesses damaged by deadly floods last month.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced Monday that grants up to $10,000 will be awarded to small businesses through the RISE West Virginia public-private partnership.

A West Virginia county is spending at least $1 million to clean up after deadly, damaging floods last month.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that the Kanawha County Commission is allocating another $500,000 to flood recovery, bringing the total to $1 million.

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On West Virginia Morning,  host Beth Vorhees talks live with Belinda Biafore, the chair of the state Democratic Party from Philadelphia and Roxy Todd brings us the stories of AmeriCorps volunteers who have come from across the country to help the families affected by last month’s floods. 

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

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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has extended the state of emergency declared in 12 West Virginia counties impacted by last month’s flooding. 

Clay, Fayette, Greenbrier, Jackson, Kanawha, Lincoln, Monroe, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Roane, Summers and Webster counties will remain under a state of emergency until August 22.

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The West Virginia Chamber of Commerce is offering grants to small businesses hurt by last month's devastating floods.

Chamber attorney Parween Mascari tells The State Journal that the chamber has collected more than $100,000 for the impacted businesses.

One Month Out Many Still Struggling After Flood

Jul 21, 2016
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On West Virginia Morning, the great flood of 2016 happened one month ago.  Today, reports about the people affected, a woman who lost her husband in Rainelle, a Clendenin woman who worries about her towns future and an artist struggling to keep her business going in Greenbrier County. 

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

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During the heavy rains earlier this summer, sewers systems overflowed and even broke, pastures flooded and rivers breached their banks. All this water mingled into a contaminated soup of surface water, sewage and chemicals. As one public health expert put it – anything that was on the road during the flood had the possibility of getting in the water.

Residents who lived or worked in a dozen West Virginia counties during last month's devastating floods may be eligible for disaster-related food stamps.

The Department of Health and Human Resources says in a news release that residents who aren't normally eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program may qualify for the benefits due to life-changing issues. Those include inability to access money in checking or savings accounts, unreimbursed disaster-related expenses and lost or reduced in income as a result of the floods.

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