A sure-footed response needed by all agencies

An editorial from The Register Herald

BECKLEY, W.Va. — As we write this, thunderstorms are scattering showers on Greenbrier County and across southern West Virginia. Once again, flood warnings are in effect.

When it rains, it pours.

On Monday, in advance of the latest storm system, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin toured Rainelle. He was accompanied by officials with West Virginia Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. We trust that it was not all for a show of support. There’s much work to be done, as Mayor Andy Pendleton probably informed the officials. She has been nothing shy of a pillar of strength and resolve for her hard-luck community.

Rainelle, population 1,487, took the full brunt of catastrophic floods late last week that were triggered by what the National Weather Service called “historic” and “extremely rare…

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