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What were the top stories in West Virginia from 2016? We searched our archives from the past year and compiled this list of the most popular stories.

Downtown Richwood, WV, at dawn after hours of heavy rain flooded the little town.
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West Virginia officials say the state has been awarded a $5 million federal grant to put case managers in each county hurt by flooding in June and help flood victims with remaining unmet needs.

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This week on our Inside Appalachia podcast, we're revisiting some of the stories from our recent TV episode of Inside Appalachia. We hear stories of heroism and survival in towns like Richwood, Rainelle, and Clendenin. Residents and community leaders share their stories of loss and resilience.

Here's a link to the video:

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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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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.

Brooke County officials say debris in a creek is blocking the flow of water, causing it to back up and flow into the streets of Follansbee.

Brooke County Commissioner Jim Andreozzi says the creek that flooded on Saturday sent water onto the streets and contained debris that shouldn't have been there.

Arthur Quattrocchi stands in front of his son's house Monday, Aug. 1, 2016, in Follansbee, W.Va., joking about having a yard sale. The town was flooded during severe storms that hit West Virginia's Northern Panhandle on Saturday, July 30.
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The city of Follansbee in West Virginia's Northern Panhandle experienced heavy rains that left the town flooded this weekend. Water has receded and cleanup is underway.

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.

Flood, Elkview
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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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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.

Kara Lofton / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

  People in West Virginia are still recovering from floods that tore through communities like vengeful gods. When you look at the pictures and videos of the June flood – thick, brown, furious, unrelenting – it’s not hard to imagine how our ancestors believed supernatural beings were behind the devastation. Today, of course, we have better insight into the natural forces at work, and science shows us that the damage from nature’s wrath has a lot to do with human behavior.

Muddy cars sit in front a flooded-out home on Saturday, June 25, 2016, in Clendenin, in northern Kanawha County, W.Va.
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Governor Earl Ray Tomblin says it will be some time before the state has fully recovered after devastating floods in late June. He says he anticipates the damage to well-exceed $100 million.

Governor Tomblin held a press conference Wednesday to update the state on the status of recovery efforts in West Virginia.

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West Virginia House Speaker Tim Armstead is urging state lawmakers to revisit a more than decade-old flood protection plan to find ways to avoid a repeat of the disaster that killed at least 23 people last month.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports Armstead released a statement Tuesday that he wants a "comprehensive review" of the plan to be a focus of study in interim legislative committee meetings.

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency approved more than $10 million in individual assistance to West Virginia homeowners and renters following last month's devastating flooding.

Kara Lofton / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Update, July 4, 2016:

A second body was recovered by rescue workers over the weekend in Greenbrier County, bringing the official death count to 22.

One person is still missing and presumed dead.

West Virginia Morning
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On this West Virginia Morning, we look at where we are now – one week since historic flooding devastated parts of West Virginia.

West Virginia Morning
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On this West Virginia Morning, we hear the latest on the flood relief efforts in the southern and central regions of the state.

We also hear from Jessica Moore, senior geologist with the West Virginia Geological and Economic Survey, about how the devastating floods last week may not be connected to climate change.

Kara Lofton / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The devastating flood last week displaced not only people, but also many pets. Lots of folks are having a hard time finding a place for their furry friends to stay as they look for a new home. Some Humane Associations in the state are stepping up to do what they can to help – like the Kanawha County Humane Association.

West Virginia Morning
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On this West Virginia Morning, Ashton Marra brings us a flood recovery update after Governor Earl Ray Tomblin visited two of the hardest hit communities – Rainelle and Clendenin.


President Barack Obama is extending his condolences and those of the nation to Governor Earl Ray Tomblin for the lives lost because of flooding.

Dave Mistich and John Cantees provide an update as a state of emergency remains in place for 44 of West Virginia's 55 counties after heavy rainfall has devastated pockets of the state.

Flooding, downed trees and other emergency situations have stalled response in some counties.  

National Weather Service
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More rain is expected Monday in parts of the state already experiencing high waters due to weekend showers. 

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch from noon Monday through Tuesday morning for the majority of the state, including central, southwestern and northern West Virginia with an additional 1 to 2 inches of rain forecasted. A flash flood warning has also been issued for counties in the southwestern part of the state. A thunderstorm watch has been issued for much of the southern part of the state until 10 p.m. this evening.

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Update 12:50 p.m.: A freezing rain advisory is in effect for portions of the eastern mountains through 6 a.m. Tuesday.


The West Virginia Department of Transportation has closed a number of roads and bridges following heavy rains and flooding across the state. The following is a list updated at 6:05 p.m. December 25.

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Updated on Friday, December 25, 2015 at 6:34 p.m.

The National Weather Service has issued flood watches and advisories across West Virginia after heavy rainfall overnight and on Christmas morning. 

Counties pictured in dark green are under a flood watch until midnight Dec. 25. Counties in light green are under a flood warning.


On Thursday, officials with the West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management will begin conducting joint preliminary damage assessments with the Federal Emergency Management Agency in ten counties after this week's severe thunderstorms. 

These first assessments will record damages to personal property and infrastructure in Braxton, Clay, Lincoln, Logan, Mingo, Nicholas, Putnam, Roane, Webster, and Wood counties.  Governor Tomblin declared a State of Emergency in those counties this week.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has added six counties to a group of three already under a state of emergency after severe flooding.

Tomblin added Clay, Lincoln, Logan, Mingo, Nicholas, Putnam and Roane counties to the state of emergency Tuesday. He signed a declaration Monday for Braxton, Webster and Wood counties.

The state of emergency seeks to address the rockslides, mudslides, severe flooding and property damage that resulted from heavy rain Sunday and Monday.

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Governor Tomblin issued a State of Emergency Monday for three counties in West Virginia after heavy rainfall over the weekend that lasted into Monday morning.

The governor issued the State of Emergency for Braxton, Webster and Wood Counties, mobilizing state resources to combat severe flooding in those areas. 

 "In the past 24 hours, areas of our state have experienced rockslides, mudslides and severe flooding as a result of major storms and substantial rainfall," Tomblin said in a news release Monday. 

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A special joint-session of the legislature was held in the House chamber Friday in response to the recent crises caused from this week’s storm. Officials wanted to explain Governor Tomblin’s State of Emergency declaration and to update lawmakers about current conditions and what they can tell their constituents affected by the storm.