Kanawha County Commission receives more than $62K in water crisis settlement

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KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) – The Kanawha County Commission received more than $62,000 in the water crisis settlement, commissioners say.

The $62,434.89 payment from the West Virginia Water Contamination Settlement fund was for the commission’s expenses that weren’t reimbursed by FEMA.

In January 2014, a chemical spill into the Elk River contaminated the water supply for nearly 300,000 people in the Kanawha Valley and beyond.

In August 2014, commissioners received a FEMA reimbursement of $240,863.16. Altogether, Kanawha County has now been reimbursed more than $300,000 in costs from the water crisis.

Commissioners will discuss how to allocate the funds at its next regular meeting at 5 p.m. March 21. They say public safety is among their initiatives.

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