Gov. Justice secures FEMA funds to complete sewer repairs in Pine Grove


West Virginia Governor Jim Justice has secured the federal funding needed so that the community of Pine Grove can finish a $49,213 repair project for its flood damaged sewer system.

FEMA confirmed final approval on Thursday for the $36,913 Public Assistance grant requested by Pine Grove.

According to a press release, this amount reflects the 75-perfect cost share that FEMA pledged to provided after the federal disaster declaration prompted by the 2017 flooding in the Northern Panhandle and north-central West Virginia.

The release says that Governor Justice’s civil contingency fund will provide the remaining 25-percent share, or around $12,304.

Pine Grove has already finished 26-percent of the project. This has included rebuilding and repairing grinders and controller units for dozens of individual property pump wells.

“This money is very, very much needed,” said Pine Grove Mayor Barbara King.  “I’m just thankful that we’re receiving it.”

“I’m pleased that we’ve been able to finalize this grant with FEMA for the people of Pine Grove and through my civil contingency fund we have completed the financing picture and they can now move full speed ahead on repairs to their sewer system.”

President Trump issued a disaster declaration at the Governor’s request to help areas of the state hit in late July 2017 by severe storms, flooding, landslides, and mudslides.

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