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FEMA Approves $131 Million for the Replacement of Three Schools in West Virginia

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January 31, 2020
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The State of West Virginia will receive $131,671,998.45 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for the replacement of Richwood Middle School, Richwood High School, and Summersville Middle School damaged as a result of FEMA-DR-4273-WV (Severe Storms, flooding, Landslides and Mudslides).

The $131,671,998.45 grant represents a federal cost-share of the total project cost of $175,562,664.60. The remainder will come from non-federal sources.

This grant is funded through FEMA’s Public Assistance Grant program which reimburses communities for actions taken in the immediate response and during recovery from a disaster. Eligible applicants include states, federally recognized tribal governments, U.S. territories, local governments and certain private non-profit organizations. The grant applications are submitted from the state, which coordinates the process with local governments.

FEMA obligates funding for this project directly to the state. It is the state's responsibility to ensure that the eligible sub-recipient, West Virginia School Building Authority, receives this award. Following the state's review process and upon receipt of appropriate documentation, the funds will be provided to the sub-recipient on a reimbursable basis.

Prior to this award, FEMA has obligated more than $175,720,539.35 to the state as a result of damages from FEMA-DR-4273-WV under the Public Assistance program.

Additional information about FEMA’s Public Assistance program can be found at

Additional information about FEMA-DR-4273-WV can be found at


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January 31, 2020 - 16:58