UPDATE | FEMA: Hurdles to replace schools damaged in 2016 flooding nearly cleared

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KANAWHA/NICHOLAS Counties, W.Va. (WSAZ) – UPDATE 4/3/19 @ 9:15 p.m.
A top FEMA leader on Wednesday told U.S. senators that the hurdles to rebuild schools in West Virginia -- following the 2016 flooding -- are nearly cleared.

U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-West Virginia, chairs the committee. She told a REMA representative that it's reasonable for parents to be impatient with the bureaucracy.

Last week, FEMA released $1 million to begin property acquisition for Herbert Hoover High School and Bridge-Clendenin Elementary School in Kanawha County.

Schools also still need built in Nicholas County.

The deadly flooding of June 2016 that ravaged parts of Kanawha and Nicholas counties still has lasting effects.

On Thursday, FEMA released a statement saying they are continuing to assess land for the replacement of several schools that were badly damaged in the flood.

In Kanawha County, FEMA is looking at Wolverton Mountain Road as the possible location to replace Clendenin Elementary with a consolidated Kanawha County Elementary School, as well as at the Given Fork site to replace site to replace Herbert Hoover High School.

In Nicholas County, they’re looking to replace Summersville Middle School with a consolidated Nicholas County Middle School.

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