FEMA Officials Tour Preston County
Written by Andrew Forgotch
Last updated on November 09, 2012 @ 10:12AM
Created on November 08, 2012 @ 5:38PM
Folks in Preston County are still trying to clean up from the devastation that Superstorm Sandy left behind.
Thursday folks from FEMA were in town to get a first hand glimpse of the damage.
Just because FEMA was there that doesn't mean that folks in Preston County will get money from the government to help put everything back together.
The storm left thousands of residents without power and some still didn't have it on Thursday.
Crews have been able to open all primary and secondary roads. However, shelters are still open and meals are still being served for folks who have been forced to leave their homes.
That's why representatives with FEMA were there Thursday. They were there to assess the damage and to see if folks there will qualify for assistance from the government.
Officials told 5 News it's not a guarantee that will happen, in fact officials with the Preston County Office of Emergency Management couldn't recall a time they've ever received that type of assistance.
They're asking for folks who live there to report any kind of damage the storm caused. Officials are looking for the amount of damage to houses.
"There's always got to be a certain amount of damage before their can be a declaration," Kevin Sneed, with the West Virginia office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, said. "We're here to see the extent of the damage and see how much damage occurred due to the storm."
You can report that damage by calling the Preston County Office of Emergency Management at (304) 329-1855.
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