Washington, DC -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today West Virginians hit by flooding in the latest severe storms are now eligible for disaster assistance. The West Virginia disaster incident period has been reopened and aid is expanded to help affected homeowners, renters and businesses not only in Boone, Cabell, Calhoun, Clay, Kanawha, Lincoln, Logan, Mason, McDowell, Mercer, Mingo, Preston, Putnam, Raleigh, Roane, Summers, Wayne and Wyoming counties but also now in Doddridge and Fayette counties.
FEMA Director Joe M. Allbaugh said the additional assistance was approved based on a review of latest damage data gathered by federal and state disaster recovery officials.
"We are committed to delivering assistance as quickly as possible wherever it's needed and to making sure that every qualified individual and family receives help to get back on the road to recovery," Allbaugh said.
Local governments in Boone, Calhoun, Clay, Doddridge, Fayette, Kanawha, Lincoln, Logan, McDowell, Mercer, Preston, Putnam, Raleigh, Wayne and Wyoming counties will also receive help to rebuild public property damaged by the severe storms, flooding, and landslides that began hitting West Virginia in May.
Federal disaster assistance funds will pay 75 percent of the approved cost for debris removal, emergency services related to the disaster, and repairing or replacing damaged public facilities, such as roads, buildings and utilities. Procedures for requesting the assistance will be explained at a series of applicant briefings to be conducted by state and federal disaster officials at locations to be announced shortly.
Residents and business owners who suffered damages in all 20 counties may apply for assistance immediately by calling the toll-free registration number, 1-800-462-9029, between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Those with a speech or hearing impairment may call a special TTY number at 1-800-462-7585.