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People at Clendenin forum told how to find help

Charleston Gazette-Mail photo by Sam Owens  A few hundred people attend a community meeting Thursday regarding flood assistance and clean-up, which was organized by House Speaker Tim Armstead, R-Kanawha, at the Clendenin Volunteer Fire Department. Several representatives from local and state government, and organizations such as FEMA and Red Cross were in attendance to answer questions and talk to people about individual issues.
Charleston Gazette-Mail photo by Sam Owens
A few hundred people attend a community meeting Thursday regarding flood assistance and clean-up, which was organized by House Speaker Tim Armstead, R-Kanawha, at the Clendenin Volunteer Fire Department. Several representatives from local and state government, and organizations such as FEMA and Red Cross were in attendance to answer questions and talk to people about individual issues.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — In the two weeks since the flood waters destroyed much of Clendenin, people there have only begun grasp how long and how much money it will take to try and rebuild their communities.

As money from Federal Emergency Management Agency begins to pour into the area, and as state and county officials work, too, to help people begin to repair their lives, many people in Clendenin don’t know where to begin searching for help.

On Thursday night, House Speaker Tim Armstead, R-Kanawha, hosted at the Clendenin Volunteer Fire Department the first of two forums where people could ask questions of representatives from all of the local, state, and federal agencies helping the community rebuild.

“I’ll tell you that I would go to war with the Clendenin Fire Department, Kanawha County Sheriff’s department, the West Virginia State Police and all these responders,” said Maj. Gen. James Hoyer, the adjutant general of the West Virginia National Guard. “I’d take them anywhere in the world, they’re that damn good…

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