2024 West Virginia Floodplain Management Conference


​​West Virginia's 2024 Floodplain Management Conference took place this week at Chief Logan State Park in Logan County. The conference brought together experts, stakeholders, and policymakers to discuss the latest advancements and address challenges in floodplain management. The conference also celebrated exceptional contributions with the presentation of awards for West Virginia Floodplain Manager of the Year.

WVFMA 2024 Winners.jpgThe West Virginia Emergency Management Division's (WVEMD) National Flood Insurance Program Coordinator Tim Keaton presented the award to Duane Hamilton and Clark Nicklow, Floodplain Permit Officers from Preston County. Together, Hamilton and Nicklow have over 18 years of experience in enforcing floodplain regulations.

Featured: Clark Nicklow, Preston County Commissioner Samantha Stone, and Duane Hamilton

“Duane and Clark work hard to help their citizens build in a way that they can afford flood insurance and stay dry," said Keaton. “They are outstanding Floodplain Permit Officers."

This year's conference was well-attended with over 80 participants, with presentations from State agencies, the WVU School of Law, the WVU GIS Tech Center, and more.

“We're thrilled with the success of this year's advancements to floodplain management in West Virginia," said WVEMD Mitigation and Recovery Section Chief Ginger Barnette. “The awards presented highlight the exceptional work being done across the state to manage the risk of flooding and better protect our communities. It's important to celebrate these achievements as we continue to innovate in floodplain management."

We extend our heartfelt thanks to all the speakers and participants for their contributions and active engagement. Special recognition goes to the award recipients for their exemplary work and commitment to advancing floodplain management. Together, we're making strides in protecting our communities from flooding.

Contact Information

Lora D Lipscomb, Public Information Officer