UPDATE: President grants major disaster declaration for 8 counties, hazard mitigation assistance for state


CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WDTV) -- UPDATE 7/23/18 12:50PM
President Trump has granted a major disaster declaration for several Eastern Panhandle counties.

The state requested the declaration for Berkeley, Grant, Hampshire, Hardy, Jefferson, Mineral, Morgan and Pendleton counties after flooding in late May, as well as hazard mitigation assistance statewide.

According to the Flood Emergency Management Association, state and eligible local governments, as well as certain private nonprofit organizations within the affected counties are eligible for funding on a cost-sharing basis for the flooding, landslides and mudslides that took place between May 28th and June 3rd.

FEMA says hazard mitigation funds have also been made available to the state.

Governor Jim Justice has requested that President Trump give a major disaster declaration to several Eastern Panhandle counties as well as Hazard Mitigation Assistance statewide.

According to the Office of the Governor, a joint preliminary damage assessment from heavy rain that began on May 28 found over $4.5 million in damage and eligible costs. He is asking for a major disaster declaration for Berkeley, Grant, Hampshire, Hardy, Jefferson, Mineral, Morgan and Pendleton, where he had previously declared a State of Emergency.

Justice is also asking for hazard mitigation assistance to help prevent or reduce long-term risks to lives and property caused by natural hazards.

“This disaster is an unfortunate continuation of the series of storms that have continued to plague portions of West Virginia,” Gov. Justice wrote, adding “I believe this event created conditions that are beyond local and state capability to effectively respond.”