Opinion

Government needs flood protection plan

An editorial from The Exponent Telegram 

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — West Virginia has always been prone to devastating floods. And it seems every time there is such a calamity, the state vows to take measures to mitigate the threat before the next one.

But, oftentimes, it isn’t enough, if at all.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail ran a story last week which pointed out that a flood protection plan drawn up by a task force from 26 state agencies was abandoned a decade ago and was never implemented.

The report, completed in 2004 and called the West Virginia Flood Protection Plan, had a number of suggestions, including flood warning systems, regulation of timber and mining operations and management of floodplains and storm flow…

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