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West Virginia Severe Storms, Flooding, Landslides, and Mudslides (DR-4273)

Incident Period: June 22, 2016 - June 29, 2016
Major Disaster Declaration declared on June 25, 2016

Individual Assistance Applications
Approved: 4,951

Total Individual & Households Program
Dollars Approved: $42,360,334.79

Total Public Assistance Grants
Dollars Obligated: $119,504,508.44

Designated Counties (Individual Assistance):

Clay, Fayette, Greenbrier, Jackson, Kanawha, Lincoln, Monroe, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Roane, Summers, Webster

Financial Assistance

Individual Assistance - Dollars Approved

$42,360,334.79

Total Individual & Households Program (IHP) - Dollars Approved*

$35,713,557.90

Total Housing Assistance (HA) - Dollars Approved*

$6,646,776.89

Total Other Needs Assistance (ONA) - Dollars Approved*

4,951

Total Individual Assistance (IA) - Applications Approved*

Public Assistance - Dollars Approved

$119,504,508.44

Total Public Assistance Grants (PA) - Dollars Obligated✝

$56,947,939.45

Emergency Work (Categories A-B) - Dollars Obligated✝

$63,675,937.95

Permanent Work (Categories C-G) - Dollars Obligated✝

* Dollars Approved: Assistance dollars approved but not necessarily disbursed.
✝ Dollars Obligated: Funds made available to the State via electronic transfer following FEMA's final review and approval of Public Assistance projects.

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 $52 million in FEMA mitigation; and $42.3 million in FEMA Individual Assistance.
<p>This graphic highlights FEMA's assistance to West Virginia for DR-4273-WV, two years after the flooding event impacted the state. As of June 6, FEMA has provided:</p> Download Original

Notice of Availability of the Draft Environmental Assessment - Richwood Middle / High Schools

PUBLIC NOTICE

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Notice of Availability of the Draft Environmental Assessment

Richwood Middle School and Richwood High School

FEMA-DR-4273-WV

 

The School Building Authority (SBA), in conjunction with the Nicholas County Board of Education (NCBOE), has applied through the West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (WVDHSEM) to the FEMA Public Assistance (PA) grant program for funding assistance, under the Presidentially Declared Disaster FEMA-DR-4273-WV, for the replacement of Richwood Middle and High School.  In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has prepared a Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for the proposed construction of a new middle school and high school to replace the damaged Richwood Middle School and Richwood High School, outside of the Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA).

According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), central West Virginia experienced intense convection storms along a stationary front on June 23, 2016.  The stalled movement of the storms led many areas to receive up to 10 inches of rainfall within 24 hours, producing a 1,000-year storm event.  The intense rainfall resulted in widespread flash flooding, claiming 23 lives and crippling the state with substantial damage to residences, commercial structures, and public infrastructure.  Statewide, the flood event damaged more than two dozen schools in 10 counties, including three schools in the Gauley River Watershed of Nicholas County: Summersville Middle School, Richwood Middle School, and Richwood High School.  Richwood Middle School and Richwood High School were determined to be substantially damaged and, as such, were deemed eligible for replacement under the FEMA PA grant program.

Due to the location of the damaged Richwood Middle School and Richwood High School buildings within the floodway, reconstruction of the schools on the original site would not alleviate the risk of future flooding.  Therefore, FEMA proposes to fund the replacement of the original Richwood Middle School and Richwood High School with a new school facility at a location outside of the Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA). The new schools are needed to provide middle and high school classroom education in the City of Richwood by providing permanent facilities that are safe, accessible, and meet all applicable codes and standards.

Alternatives discussed in this EA include properties both within and adjacent to the city limits of Richwood.  Under the Proposed Action Alternative, Richwood Middle School and Richwood High School would be replaced with comparable facilities at a new location, 190 Riverside Drive, Richwood, West Virginia. The proposed action would impact approximately 7.8 acres of the 9.7-acre site.  Coordinates for the center of the subject property are 38.218939 latitude, -80.553567 longitude.  The proposed site meets all the requirements listed under WVDE Policy 6200. 

The Draft EA has been prepared in accordance with all requirements of NEPA, the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), Executive Order 11988 (“Floodplain Management”), Executive Order 11990 (“Protection of Wetlands”), and the implementing regulations of FEMA, for the purpose of assessing the potential impacts of the Proposed Action on the human and natural environment. The Draft EA summarizes the purpose of and need for the project, alternatives considered, the affected environment, and potential environmental consequences of the project. It is available for review and comment and can be viewed on and/or downloaded from FEMA’s website at https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4273. Printed copies are also available for viewing or photocopying at the following location:

  • Richwood Public Library
    8 White Ave
    Richwood, WV 26261
    Monday-Tuesday: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Wednesday: Closed; Thursday-Friday: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sunday: Closed.

A public meeting on the Draft Environmental Assessment will be held July 17, 2019 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Cherry River Elementary, located at 190 Riverside Dr, Richwood, WV 26261. The meeting will provide an overview of the Draft Environmental Assessment and allow an in-person opportunity to submit public comments and ask questions.

The comment period will conclude 30 days after the initial publication of this Public Notice on July 4, 2019. Written comments on the Draft EA can be mailed or emailed to the contact listed below. If no substantive comments are received, the Draft EA and associated Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) will become final. Substantive comments received will be addressed as appropriate in the Final EA/FONSI.

Stephanie Everfield

FEMA Regional Environmental Office, Region III

615 Chestnut St, 6th Floor

Philadelphia, PA 19106

Email: FEMA-R3-EHP-PublicComment@fema.dhs.gov

FEMA works to ensure that information is accessible for all of our customers. If you are having issues obtaining any of the graphical information presented in the appendices, please contact us by email at FEMA-R3-EHP-PublicComment@fema.dhs.gov, so we may provide it in an accessible format.

Draft Environmental Assessment

Appendix A Maps and Figures

Appendix B Technical Reports

Appendix C Agency Correspondence

Appendix D Public Notice

Notice of Availability of the Draft Environmental Assessment- New Kanawha Elementary School – Clendenin

PUBLIC NOTICE

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Notice of Availability of the Draft Environmental Assessment

New Kanawha Elementary School – Clendenin

FEMA-DR-4273-WV

 

The School Building Authority (SBA), in conjunction with the Kanawha County Board of Education (KCBOE), has applied through the West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (WVDHSEM) to the FEMA Public Assistance (PA) grant program for funding assistance, under the Presidentially Declared Disaster FEMA-DR-4273-WV, for the reconstruction of Clendenin Elementary School.  In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has prepared a Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for the proposed construction of a new elementary school to replace the damaged Clendenin Elementary School, outside of the Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA).

According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), central West Virginia experienced intense convection storms along a stationary front on June 23, 2016.  The stalled movement of the storms led many areas to receive up to 10 inches of rainfall within 24 hours, producing a 1,000-year storm event.  The intense rainfall resulted in widespread flash flooding, claiming 23 lives and crippling the state with substantial damage to residences, commercial structures, and public infrastructure.  Statewide, the flood event damaged more than two dozen schools in 10 counties, including four schools in the Elk River Valley of Kanawha County: Clendenin Elementary School, Elkview Middle School, Bridge Elementary School, and Herbert Hoover High School.  Clendenin Elementary School was determined to be substantially damaged and, as such, was deemed eligible for replacement under the FEMA PA grant program.

Due to Clendenin Elementary School’s location within the 100-year floodplain, reconstruction of the school on the original site would not alleviate the risk of future flooding.  Therefore, FEMA is funding the replacement of Clendenin Elementary School with the construction of a new school outside of the SFHA.  A new school is needed to provide elementary classroom education for the Town of Clendenin in a permanent facility that is safe, accessible, and meets all applicable codes and standards.  The location of the substantially damaged Clendenin Elementary School is 503 Maywood Avenue East, Clendenin, West Virginia.  The town of Clendenin is in Kanawha County, approximately 20 miles northeast of the City of Charleston, and approximately 12 miles northeast of Elkview.

Alternatives discussed in this EA include properties both within and adjacent to the city limits of Clendenin.  Under the Proposed Action Alternative, Clendenin Elementary School would be replaced with a comparable facility at a new location.  The proposed action would acquire 101.64 acres located off Hokie Lane/Wolverton Mountain Road and Fairwater Road in Elkview, of which 39.27 acres would be developed.  Coordinates for the center of the subject property are 38.477853 latitude, -81.376292 longitude.  The proposed site meets all the requirements listed under WVDE Policy 6200. 

The Draft EA has been prepared in accordance with all requirements of NEPA, the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), Executive Order 11988 (“Floodplain Management”), Executive Order 11990 (“Protection of Wetlands”), and the implementing regulations of FEMA, for the purpose of assessing the potential impacts of the Proposed Action on the human and natural environment. The Draft EA summarizes the purpose of and need for the project, alternatives considered, the affected environment, and potential environmental consequences of the project. It is available for review and comment and can be viewed on and/or downloaded from FEMA’s website at https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4273 (Below). Printed copies are also available for viewing or photocopying at the following locations:

Kanawha County Main Library

123 Capitol St

Charleston, WV 25301

Monday-Thursday: 9 a.m.- 9 p.m.; Friday-Saturday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m.-5 p.m.

Clendenin Branch Library

107 Koontz Ave

Clendenin, WV 25045

Tuesday 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Wednesday 12 p.m.-6 p.m.; Thursday 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Elk Valley Branch Library

313 The Crossings Mall

Elkview, WV 25071

Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

The comment period will conclude 30 days after the initial publication of this Public Notice on June 6, 2019. Written comments on the Draft EA can be mailed or emailed to the contact listed below. If no substantive comments are received, the Draft EA and associated Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) will become final. Substantive comments received will be addressed as appropriate in the Final EA/FONSI.

Stephanie Everfield

FEMA Regional Environmental Office, Region III

615 Chestnut St, 6th Floor

Philadelphia, PA 19106

Email: FEMA-R3-EHP-PublicComment@fema.dhs.gov

FEMA works to ensure that information is accessible for all of our customers. If you are having issues obtaining any of the graphical information presented in the appendices, please contact us by email at FEMA-R3-EHP-PublicComment@fema.dhs.gov, so we may provide it in an accessible format.

FEMA's Support to Kanawha and Nicholas Counties, WV (as of April 3, 2019)

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in coordination with West Virginia Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (WVDHSEM), the West Virginia School Building Authority, the Kanawha County Board of Education, the Nicholas County Board of Education, are working in partnership to complete environmental assessments for the replacement of four flood damaged schools in Kanawha County and Nicholas County, West Virginia. This statement serves to update the public on the progress that has been made since FEMA’s March 14, 2019 statement.

FEMA continues to track 30 separate and substantive actions and sub-actions across both counties’ times four different school locations for a total of 120 major efforts that change daily and incorporate responsibilities from numerous agencies at the local, state and federal level. Areas of consideration include, but are not limited to, water quality, air quality, hazardous materials, zoning, noise, wetlands, endangered species, and historic resources. 

At any given moment, responsibilities and task ownership change between parties as progress is updated. Because of this dynamic process, any update is a snapshot in time as of that date. FEMA will continue to be as transparent as possible and will publish periodic updates as meaningful changes occur.

Presently, in Kanawha County, two environmental assessments are required for the replacement of Clendenin Elementary School and Herbert Hoover High School. FEMA received comments from the West Virginia State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) earlier in the week for both sites. FEMA is now reviewing the information provided by these agencies against project documentation, such as engineering plans, to continue analysis of impacts on both historic resources and endangered species. FEMA is in coordination with USFWS to develop minimization measures appropriate to the proposed action and anticipated impacts to endangered species. A full consultation package incorporating these measures is currently being developed by FEMA and is expected to be submitted to USFWS by April 4, 2019. In addition, SHPO has requested a cemetery inventory be complete, which was submitted on April 2. Once these steps have been completed, FEMA will work with all partners to ensure that any conditions based on the results of these surveys can be met.

In Nicholas County, two environmental assessments are required for the replacement of Summersville Middle School and Richwood Middle School and High School. FEMA received comments from USFWS earlier this week, which are being incorporated into both assessments. FEMA is in consultation with the SHPO for impacts to historic resources. Furthermore, Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) requires Federal agencies to consider the effects of Federally funded projects on historic properties prior to the expenditure of any Federal funds. The Section 106 process includes consultation with the SHPO. The Nicholas County Board of Education, through their contractor, has been consulting with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to determine what, if any, impacts there are to wetlands or jurisdictional waters and what type of permits will be required to complete the construction. Once this information is received, it will be incorporated into the draft environmental assessment. In addition to these two remaining requirements, FEMA received the traffic study for the Richwood school on April 1, 2019, from the subcontractor. FEMA is awaiting the results of the traffic study for the Summersville school from Nicholas County Board of Education.

As the above required information is received, FEMA is incorporating the information into the draft environmental assessments and analyzing the cumulative impacts at each location. FEMA’s partners are aware of the current statuses for each of the schools and are continuing to support the process by reviewing and processing documents as quickly as practicable and well within the timeframes allotted in the various regulations. While the environmental assessment process is ongoing, FEMA is holding regular meetings and providing weekly updates on the status and next steps for all four environmental assessments.

Draft documents will be available to the public to provide an opportunity for involvement and input in the decision process in accordance with the law. The environmental assessment process concludes with one of two decision documents, either a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) or a Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

 

Previous Updates:

March 14, 2019 Statement

Assistance with Cases

Please contact 304-220-2570 for assistance with RISE WV Cases.

Preliminary Damage Assessment Report

PDA report; FEMA-4273-DR

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Last Updated: 2016-07-06 04:00