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Spring Valley Flood Meeting

By: Dave Benton
By: Dave Benton

Their homes flooded twice in just a month, and they fear it will happen again. That's why Spring Valley residents in Huntington held another meeting Thursday night with state, federal and community leaders.

Residents say they want answers, and a solution before they're homes get hit again.
Flood victims packed the meeting and heard from the Corps of Engineers, Division of Highways and others to figure out a plan to protect their homes from another flood.
It's one of the more memorable scenes of the Spring Valley flood in mid July, Becky White being rescued from her home. Becky's mother attended the Thursday night flood prevention meeting to get answers. “It's hard for us to get in and out... flood insurance doesn't pay for housing.”

The Corps of Engineers plans to work with Marshall University students to study the geography of the area with hopes to keep this from happening again. Beth Cade: “The studies will give us a better idea of what's going on.”

One of the biggest concerns for flood victims trying to sell their homes. “That's my concern, who's going to want to come in and buy our house... concerns me is the property value.”
Residents were also told the government could turn the neighborhood into a mitigation project. That means tearing down the homes and paying each resident the value of their home before the first flood. Of course there is an application process for each resident and this could take more than a year

On Friday the Division of Highways is expected start cleaning out the culvert under the Spring Valley Bridge.


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