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FEMA Doles Out $2.4M to Help Clear Debris Left by Superstorm Sandy
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on March 01, 2013 @ 7:40PM
Created on March 01, 2013 @ 7:16PM
 
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - More than $2.4 million in federal funds have been approved to help the West Virginia Division of Highways continue clearing debris from roads left by Superstorm Sandy.
 
The funds include nearly $1.4 million for Tucker County alone.
 
U.S. Sens. Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin and Congressman Nick Rahall announced the funding Friday from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
 
“Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc up and down the east coast and in West Virginia,” said Rockefeller. “Heavy rains and snow closed schools and small businesses. And strong winds knocked down trees and power lines leaving many without power or heat. We must do what we can even now to help our communities fully recover. This funding will help make sure that fallen trees and road obstructions no longer stand in the way – and that more West Virginians are finally on the road to normalcy.” 
 
“Hurricane Sandy brought unseen destruction to our great state,” Manchin said. “As I traveled to the affected areas in the aftermath of the storm, it was devastating to see the destruction caused by heavy winds, rain and snow. At the time, our responders were overwhelmed by dozens of roads that required debris removal, and we are still repairing the damage of those roads and infrastructure today. I am encouraged that this grant will help our communities get back to normal.” 
 
“This federal funding is far more than a repayment of funds to our State, it is proof positive of our working partnership with the Federal government in times of national need.  Sandy’s wrath was more than any one state could bear,” said Rahall, top Democrat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee which has jurisdiction over FEMA.  “Our country is only as strong as its weakest link and funding for Federal disaster declarations reinforces our Nation’s resolve.”      
 
The October storm dumped more than 2 feet of snow in parts of the state, left seven people dead and knocked out electricity to more than a quarter-million customers, some for two weeks.
 

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