CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced a federal disaster declaration has been approved for Mason and Roane counties. The declaration will provide assistance with the ongoing recovery and repair efforts resulting from the severe storms and flooding last month.
"This assistance will help our counties address infrastructure needs resulting from the severe storms that caused flooding in Roane County and damaged a bridge in Mason County last month," Gov. Tomblin said. "I'm grateful to our Congressional Delegation for their support of my request for federal help and for their dedication to all West Virginians."
Public assistance funding will be available under the federal disaster declaration. The declaration provides assistance for emergency work and the repair or replacement of public facilities damaged between June 12 and June 20, 2013 in Mason and Roane counties.
Gov. Tomblin requested a federal disaster declaration for six West Virginia counties on July 12th. The federal government has not approved the governor's public assistance request for Doddridge, Gilmer, Harrison, and Lewis counties. His request for individual assistance for Roane County residents remains under federal review.
Hazard Mitigation grants are available for all 55 West Virginia counties with today's declaration. All counties are eligible to apply for this financial assistance for actions taken to prevent or reduce long-term risk to life and property from natural hazards.
Amy Shuler Goodwin