02.08.19

Capito announces $8.3 million for flood repairs

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, chairman of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, announced $8,308,081 has been awarded to the West Virginia Division of Highways through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Public Assistance program. Funding will go toward repairing roads in Marshall and Tyler counties that were damaged as a result of flooding in February 2018.

“When disaster strikes, West Virginians work tirelessly to pull themselves and their neighbors up,” Capito said. “It is important that the federal government continues to be a partner in these efforts, particularly when it comes to repairing the infrastructure West Virginians depend on to safely provide for their families. As chairman of the Homeland Security Appropriations Committee, I will continue to work to ensure West Virginia communities and communities across America have the resources they need to recover from natural disasters.” 

Heavy rainfall resulted in Gov. Jim Justice declaring a state of emergency in Feb. 2018, leading to flash flooding in all 55 counties in the state. According to the National Weather Service reports during this time, the Ohio River had reached flood levels above 50 feet. 

Funding will be divided among these counties in the following amounts:

  • $2,589,816 – WVDOH District 6 (Marshall County)
  • $2,469,432 – WVDOH District 6 (Marshall County)
  • $1,638,074 – WVDOH District 6 (Marshall County)
  • $1,610,759 – WVDOH District 6 (Tyler County)

By:  Staff
Source: The Martinsburg Journal