WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), a member of the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, announced that West Virginia’s request for a major disaster declaration after heavy rains caused flooding, landslides, mudslides, and residential damage in Boone, Calhoun, Clay, Harrison, and Kanawha counties in late August 2023, has been approved. Last November, Senator Capito urged President Joe Biden and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region III Administrator MaryAnn Tierney to consider the State of West Virginia’s appeal.

“It is essential that resources are made available to assist those in our state as we recover from the results of heavy rains and flooding. I was proud to lead this major disaster declaration request, and ultimately secure funding for flood damage that occurred in Boone, Calhoun, Clay, Harrison, and Kanawha counties last August. I will always advocate for the resources our residents and communities rely on, especially in their time of need,” Senator Capito said.

This federal declaration provides funding under the Individual Assistance (IA) program, which allows individuals impacted by the disaster to seek reimbursement for necessary expenses and serious needs that cannot be met through insurance or other forms of assistance. Eligible expenses include rental assistance, home repair, home replacement, and lodging, among other expenses.

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