Federal disaster aid approved for ice
storm response, damages
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia has secured federal
funding to repair and rebuild from damage inflicted by severe winter storms
earlier this year, and to recover emergency response costs.
President Joe Biden has granted Gov. Jim Justice’s request
for Public Assistance aid to Cabell, Lincoln, Mason, Putnam, and Wayne
counties, the Federal Emergency Management Agency announced Thursday.
“We’re very pleased to have received this news,” said WVEMD
Director GE McCabe. “We’d like to thank Governor Justice for his assistance and
the citizens and local officials in these counties for their help developing
the disaster assessments to make this a successful application.”
Southwestern West Virginia endured snow, sleet, and freezing
rain produced by severe winter storms starting Feb. 10. These systems and the
resulting heavy ice toppled trees and power poles, resulting in widespread
outages along with dangerous and at times impassable road conditions.
Justice declared a State of Emergency for Cabell, Lincoln, Putnam and Wayne
counties on Feb. 16, and then expanded
that declaration to include Jackson and Mason counties on Feb. 21.
Jackson County was found not to have suffered damages to
qualify for federal disaster aid. Officials surveyed damage throughout the
other five counties the following month. Gov. Justice told FEMA in his April 12
disaster declaration request that the validated damages totaled more than $5.3
Public Assistance is for state and local government entities
as well as eligible private nonprofit organizations. It offers reimbursement
funding for emergency work and to repair or replace eligible disaster-damaged
Thursday’s declaration also extends Hazard Mitigation Grant Program
eligibility to all 55 counties. Hazard mitigation grants fund efforts by
eligible entities to reduce or mitigate future disaster losses in their
The W.Va. Emergency Management Division (WVEMD) is
coordinating with FEMA to begin the application process as soon as possible for
those impacted by the winter storms.
For more information about the disaster declaration, please
visit the FEMA website.
On Feb. 27, Gov.
Justice declared a separate State of Emergency due to heavy rainfall in the
following counties: Boone, Braxton, Cabell, Clay, Greenbrier, Jackson, Kanawha,
Lincoln, Logan, Mason, Mingo, Pocahontas, Preston, Putnam, Randolph, Roane,
Upshur, and Wayne.
Justice has made a separate request for a Presidential
Disaster Declaration due to the damages caused during the later storm and
awaits the decision regarding that award.
Click here to learn more about the disaster declaration process.
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