CLENDENIN, W.Va. (WCHS) — New funding is headed to Clendenin to push construction on a new elementary school over the finish line.

U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito announced Friday that $12.6 million in Federal Emergency Management Agency funds have been allocated for ongoing construction of a new Clendenin Elementary School.

The school was severely damaged by flooding in 2016.

“The 2016 floods took a devastating toll on communities across West Virginia, with Clendenin hit especially hard. As we continue to rebuild stronger, the resiliency of residents and communities remains front and center, as this funding will support ongoing efforts to complete the new Clendenin Elementary School,” Capito said in the news release. “I was proud to work with our state’s partners at FEMA to secure this funding, through consultation with local leaders in Clendenin, in order to help ensure our students have a safe place to learn now and for generations to come.”

School officials told Eyewitness News in October that the new facility will be open in time for fall 2024.

Crews are expected to work on the school through the winter and finish with outdoor projects like the bus loop and playground in the spring and warmer months.