CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) – More than $ 2.2 million is allocated to help ongoing efforts to repair damage from the 2016 floods that devastated parts of Highland State.
US Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) announced that the US Forest Service will get $ 2,239,504 for repair efforts.
“The 2016 floods devastated our state and the repercussions are still being felt today,” Capito said. “This funding will help the US Forest Service reach out to communities hardest hit and who continue to face hard times. ”
Twenty-three people in the state have died in the flooding and many more have been displaced from their homes. Local schools and businesses were also damaged and many of these buildings could not be recovered.
“Five years ago, southern West Virginia was ravaged by devastating flooding that tragically killed 23 fellow West Virginia citizens, destroyed thousands of homes and damaged our communities. This funding will help the US Forest Service repair roads and land damaged by the terrible floods, ”Manchin said.