West Virginia will receive an additional $42 million for flood relief from the Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery program.
U.S. Sens. Shelley Moore Capito and Joe Manchin and U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins announced the grant in Thursday news releases. Thursday's announcement of the additional $42,383,000 award, combined with the previous $107 million in Community Development Block Grant Disaster grant, brings the state's total funding in response to the storm to about $149 million, a release said.
Capito, Jenkins and Manchin said they had previously requested additional support for West Virginians affected by the June 2016 floods.
“Even though it has been a year since devastating floods ripped through West Virginia, the state continues to pick up the pieces,” Capito said in a release. “This funding is welcome news, as it will help us continue recovery efforts, and help many West Virginians rebuild. I am thankful that HUD Secretary Carson and FEMA have all listened to my request for these funds that will help so many in need.”
Jenkins sent a letter to FEMA Acting Administrator Robert Fenton Jr. and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson. In that letter, Jenkins said HUD allocated its disaster funding based on months-old, outdated data from FEMA. He asked FEMA to provide updated information to HUD so the department could use the most recent information to determine if the state qualified for more flood relief funding.
"As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, I've worked diligently to make sure our state receives the federal funding needed to help rebuild out communities. I've seen the damage and the recovery process firsthand, which is why I asked FEMA and HUD for additional funding to help our state rebuild. I appreciate the agencies' attention to my request and the support they are showing for West Virginia during this difficult time. I will continue to use my role on the Appropriations Committee to fight for West Virginians and to hold federal agencies accountable."
Manchin also issued a statement Thursday, saying he had requested additional support for West Virginia.
"West Virginians are the most resilient people you will ever meet. When the devastating floods poured through our towns last year, we knew recovery would not be easy. But we never doubted the incredible efforts our community would make to rebuild. Funding like this supports the incredible efforts being led by West Virginia communities and I will keep fighting for resources to ensure our efforts to rebuild do not stall," Manchin said Thursday.