FEMA to mark one year since fatal flooding with West Virginians

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- One year after the flooding that killed 23 people in West Virginia in June 2016, FEMA remains on the ground in the Mountain State.

According to a news release, On June 23, West Virginia Recovery Office employees and their West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management colleagues will pause from their work to remember those whose lives were lost and the communities that were devastated.

“We’re also marking the anniversary of the federal disaster declaration to remember those who died and to renew our commitment to the people of West Virginia,” said WVRO Director Steve Ward. “We’ll continue, working with our State and local partners, to help flood survivors recover from the disaster and help their communities rebuild stronger, safer and more resilient.”

The WVRO’s mission is to support flood survivors, their families, neighbors and the state of West Virginia in the 18 counties included in the federal disaster declaration for West Virginia.

Nearly 4,950 West Virginians received $42 million for individual and households. Of that total, $35.5 million was provided for housing assistance and $6.6 million was provided for other expenses such as furnishings, transportation and medical since the federal disaster declaration.

More than $106 million has been distributed to communities to rebuild their infrastructure and for emergency work projects.

Meanwhile, $213,160 in Disaster Unemployment Assistance was provided to survivors whose employment or self-employment was lost or interrupted because of the disaster.

"Some of our WVRO staff are Mountaineers working to help their fellow West Virginians," Ward said. "Some of us volunteered from other states to deploy here, away from our families and communities, because we wanted to make a positive difference here.

"It's a service we embrace and a responsibility we honor with dignity, dedication and humility."

Click on the link to see the breakdown of the numbers from FEMA.

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