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$1M in Grants Awarded to W.Va. Flood Victims

Kara Lofton
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's administration has awarded more than $1 million in grants to small businesses devastated by floods in June.

Tomblin spokeswoman Jessica Tice says almost $1.1 million has been approved for 122 businesses through the RISE West Virginia grant program. The businesses employ 772 employees combined.

Two months ago, Tomblin introduced the program that aids small businesses with up to $10,000 grants.

In addition to state money, the public-private partnership also includes more than $511,000 in donations.

Tice says the program still has $2 million to award.

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

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