WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $26,851,044.60 for the Kanawha County Board of Education’s School Building Authority for relocation of the Clendenin Elementary School. This funding was made available through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and will support the construction of Clendenin Elementary School after it was severely damaged in the 2016 flood.

“As we approach the fourth anniversary of the 2016 flood, we are reminded of the devastating impact it had on our state, especially in Clendenin,” said Senator Capito. “Since then, our community has come together to support one another as West Virginians do. This funding will assist in the construction of a new elementary school and provide much needed support for families across the area. The areas of our state that were shattered by these floods must be rebuilt and structured to be prepared for the future, and that is especially true for our children and their education. I have long advocated for this funding for West Virginia and will continue to do so as chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee.”

“It has been nearly four years since the terrible 2016 floods that ravaged West Virginia. To this day, families and communities are still rebuilding from those terrible floods,” Senator Manchin said. “This funding has been eagerly awaited by the Clendenin community, and I am pleased to see that all of our schools damaged in those terrible floods are finally on track to be rebuilt. I have fought since the floods in 2016 to ensure every family and community received the support and help they need to recover, and I will continue to advocate for West Virginians in Washington as we fight the COVID-19 pandemic here at home. I look forward to seeing the new Clendenin Elementary School completed for generations of children to come.”

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