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Preston County (West Virginia) Office of Emergency Management members receive the 2024 Floodplain Manager of the year award

By Jacob Martin, The Preston County News and Journal

KINGWOOD, W.Va. — Preston County Office of Emergency Management Director Duane Hamilton and Floodplain Manager Clark Nicklow have received the 2024 Floodplain Manager of the Year award.

The honor was bestowed at this year’s West Virginia Floodplain Management Conference, held in Logan County.

The conference is designed to bring together experts, stakeholders and policymakers to discuss the latest advancements and address challenges in floodplain management.

National Flood Insurance Program Coordinator Tim Keaton presented an award to Hamilton and Nicklow at the conference.

“Duane and Clark work hard to help their citizens build in such a way they can afford flood insurance and keep dry — they are outstanding floodplain permit officers,” Keaton said.

“Tim (Keaton) has brought it to the commission, to my attention just how awesome Hamilton and Nicklow are at their job. Floodplain management is really important, and you don’t think it’s a big deal until you have a catastrophic event that causes the loss of communities and lives,” Commissioner Samantha Stone said.

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