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FEMA set up to assist Northern Panhandle counties, cities, infrastructure


FEMA is set up in Marshall County to help the public directly with assistance after flooding in February.

After the July flood in McMechen, FEMA was in the area doing individual assistance, helping people rebuild their homes.

After February’s flood, FEMA is here to help the counties and cities rebuild. For example, the city of Cameron has requested assistance to rebuild their pool.

Federal FEMA Coordinator Steven Ward explains his FEMA staff is working on Governor Justice’s disaster declaration 4359 that does not include individual assistance.

Small businesses and families that have damage are being assisted through the small business administration or volunteer agencies.

Ward said FEMA is now using a new public assistance model, phone calls set up appointments with the program delivery managers who will meet with applicants and review damages.

They anticipate some municipality buildings to need help, but mostly county infrastructure, like roads.

“Actually the department of highways is our biggest applicant in this case, where we think we have approximately $22 million dollars in damages that we think we are going to be able to reimburse,” said Steven Ward, FEMA, federal coordinating officer.

That $22 million will be used across the state of West Virginia.

Ward said they are looking for local hires to work at their center that have experience in mitigation and historic preservation.

If you would feel qualified for one of these positions, you can visit

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