By Steven Allen Adams, The Intelligencer
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Lawmakers in West Virginia are looking at using federal COVID relief to demolish properties ruined by flooding using a state pilot program.
The West Virginia Legislature met in Charleston on Sunday for the first day of July interim meetings.
The Joint Legislative Committee on Flooding met Sunday afternoon and heard a report from the committee’s workgroup looking at how to use funding from the American Rescue Plan Act for flood demolition projects.
West Virginia received $1.35 billion in ARPA funds in two separate portions, with the most recent in May. The $1.9 trillion plan provided $350 billion in direct funds for states. ARPA allows states to use their allotments for water, sewer and broadband infrastructure projects…