Archives for June 2016

Alderson cancels celebration

Unfortunately, all July 4th Celebration activities in Alderson, have been canceled. Although the town is making great progress in clean up, there are many factors that have to be looked at with the continuance of the celebration. There are some public health issues. While streets and sidewalks are likely to be cleaned by the day of the parade, it would be impossible to keep spectators off grassy areas which might still harbor bacteria left by the receding water. There is also some standing water in low lying areas which do not drain well.

More relief for victims

US Senators Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito announced $5.7 million from the United States Department of Transportation’s Quick Release program to clear federal highways and execute other emergency work resulting from damages that occurred during last week’s floods.

Watch for mold

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Bureau for Public Heath is encouraging residents in areas impacted by flooding to be aware of the effects of exposure to mold during the clean up process. Signs of indoor mold growth include staining on surfaces, a musty odor, dark spots on or around vents, water stains and peeling or curling of vinyl floors or wallpaper. Common reactions to mold are cough, congestion, runny nose, burning eyes, headaches, sneezing and sore throat.

Buildings torn down

The buildings on Neville street that took years to decide whether they should remain standing or not, were being torn down yesterday. The fire department for the city of Beckley worked with construction crews during the morning hours to begin the demolition process on the three dilapidated buildings.

Clearing out roadways

U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) announced $5.7 million has been released from the U.S. Department of Transportation. That money is going to be used to clear federal highways and perform emergency roadwork from damage that occurred during the flooding. Clean up efforts continue in counties effected by the flooding. Disaster assistance is now available in 10 counties across southern West Virginia.

Bubba Watson on flooding

Golfer Bubba Watson says he’s dealt with hurricanes from his years of living in Florida. But he’s never seen the type of destruction around his home like the recent floods in West Virginia. Watson says he and his wife, Angie, plan to donate $250,000 for flood-relief efforts.

Mobile command Centers

The attorney general’s office is deploying several mobile command centers to areas hit the hardest by last week’s flooding. The mobile offices will be staffed by the Consumer Protection Division to answer questions and concerns related to potential cleanup and repair scams. The seven different offices will be set up in Kanawha, Greenbrier, Jackson, Nicholas, Roane and Webster counties.

Obama fast tracks Tomblin’s request

President Obama is fast-tracking the request to add five more counties to the federal aid list. Governor Tomblin made the request yesterday to have Clay, Roane, Monroe, Fayette and Summers counties eligible for federal aid. Kanawha County, Nicholas County and Greenbrier County were already on the list. The quick approval from the White House means those living in the five additional counties are eligible for FEMA assistance.

Roads still closed drive with caution

Crews from across West Virginia are working to help people who were stranded by flooding along the rivers of the mountain state. The West Virginia Department of Transportation has been updating the status of roads and bridges that were closed or washed away by flood waters. You can check their website for updates. Officials continue to remind drivers not to pass through high waters. The general rule is, if you cannot see the roadway then do not drive through the water. It takes just 12 inches of water to carry away a small car, while 2 feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles.

Tomblin asks for more help

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has expanded his request for a federal Major Disaster Declaration from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide assistance for Clay, Fayette, Monroe, Pocahontas, Roane, Summers and Webster counties. Greenbrier, Kanawha and Nicholas counties already have received a federal declaration and FEMA teams are on the ground working with residents and providing individual assistance. If Gov. Tomblin’s request is approved by FEMA, these additional seven counties also would be eligible for federal assistance including individual assistance, Damage-Frequency Assessment (DFA), Emergency Protective Measures and Debris Removal.