By July 25, 2016 Read More →

A month later, WV flood recovery efforts drag on

Register-Herald photo by Brad Davis Homeowner Lorinna Woods, right, and brother-in-law John Woods take a quick break to chat with the Register-Herald as they refurbish her McClung Avenue home Saturday afternoon in Richwood. Thanks to help from family members like John and others, she is rebuilding her home and will be staying put. She said they will receive no funds from FEMA after being denied relief by the agency, adding that they cited a failure to acquire flood insurance, which she cannot afford, following a flood in 2003 for which she received a small amount of assistance.

Register-Herald photo by Brad Davis
Homeowner Lorinna Woods, right, and brother-in-law John Woods take a quick break to chat with the Register-Herald as they refurbish her McClung Avenue home Saturday afternoon in Richwood. Thanks to help from family members like John and others, she is rebuilding her home and will be staying put. She said they will receive no funds from FEMA after being denied relief by the agency, adding that they cited a failure to acquire flood insurance, which she cannot afford, following a flood in 2003 for which she received a small amount of assistance.

RICHWOOD, W.Va. — It’s a month after the floods that devastated Richwood and other parts of Southern West Virginia.

Some have had their lives return to normal, while others say it could be months before things are the way they want them to be.

“I just want to be in my ol’ easy chair,” Jesse Woods said. “That would be ‘normal’ for me. I don’t think that’s going to be happening any time soon though.”

Woods was sitting in his yard and “just staying out of the way,” as he put it.

“I’m a disabled Army veteran,” he said. “My wife and my brother are working on remodeling the house. I’d just be in the way.”

The Woods’ mobile home had been entirely gutted…

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