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Gov. Tomblin addresses West Virginians long-term flood recovery efforts

FEMA grants public assistance for six additional counties

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (July 13, 2016) – Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today provided an update on long-term recovery efforts as West Virginians in impacted counties work to get back on their feet after recent devastating floods. This update came as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) granted public assistance – which supports communities through funding for the state and local governments and certain non-profit entities – for six additional counties: Braxton, Gilmer, Lewis, Randolph, Upshur and Wayne.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin

“In the aftermath of this flooding, our response from the state, local governments, the federal government and countless selfless volunteers was prompt,” Gov. Tomblin said. “Because of our early successes in securing federal assistance for those who need it, I know we are ready to meet the challenges before us. As we continue our response efforts, we are now focusing on long-term recovery to keep communities intact and get people back in homes and back on their feet.”

Gov. Tomblin was joined today by FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer Albie Lewis, Major General James Hoyer of the West Virginia National Guard, Secretary Paul Mattox of the West Virginia Department of Transportation and Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Director Jimmy Gianato.

As part of today’s update, Gov. Tomblin announced that he has appointed General Hoyer as West Virginia’s Chief Recovery Coordinator. In this capacity, he will spearhead sustained recovery efforts by working closely with FEMA to identify gaps and ensure all needs are met. In addition, he has appointed West Virginia Department of Commerce Secretary Keith Burdette as the State Disaster Recovery Officer, allowing him to work with FEMA to help businesses and workers find additional federal help.

Also joining officials today was John Roberts of Mountain Mission, which is leading a volunteer effort by several groups to replace drywall, subfloors, electrical systems and insulation for homes in Elkview and Clendenin. Roberts says Mountain Mission has raised more than $250,000 for the project and believes the initiative can currently help 150 homes.

For West Virginians needing assistance or wishing to help those affected, visit – West Virginia’s primary source of information on flood recovery and volunteer efforts. This website is updated daily to provide the most up-to-date information about recovery resources and community needs.

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