At least 800 homes, structures destroyed by flooding in Kanawha County

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KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Original estimates have increased for the number of houses and other structures deemed total losses by flooding.

Kanawha County Commission President Kent Carper says they have been working closely with FEMA and now believe the number has grown to about 800, with nearly 1100 people left homeless.

"This represents an unprecedented amount of suffering and damage inflicting our fellow citizens," Carper said.

Kanawha County Commissioners plan to discuss the flooding that happened on June 23 at their next meeting on July 7. This will include any additional necessary action that may be needed, including emergency funding.

At an emergency meeting held June 29, commissioners approved a total of $105,000 to help with disaster relief. Of that money, $50,000 will be used to repair the Elk Community Center.

The town of Clendenin will be getting $25,000 and $30,000 is going to the Clendenin Volunteer Fire Department.

The money commission allocated Wednesday night is coming from the $500,000 in the county's rainy day fund.

Commissioners say they expect the County to be reimbursed by FEMA, but that could take some time.

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