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Gov. Tomblin speaks with one of the seniors displaced from an apartment building due to the severe weather.
SPENCER, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin traveled storm-damaged Roane County today, assessing the needs of the community and meeting with representatives from the City of Spencer and county emergency services leaders. Storms impacting the region Wednesday and Thursday included several inches of rainfall within a few hours causing streams and creeks to rise, flooding portions of the city and surrounding areas.
"I'm thankful no one was seriously injured and appreciate the hard work of the swift water rescue teams who performed nine rescues at the height of the storm," Gov. Tomblin said. "In 100 years, this area has not experienced damage that we're seeing today: one lane of busy Route 119 has been washed away; at least 100 homes were flooded; and the amount of debris left behind is astounding. In surveying the damage, and listening to flood victims, the historic nature of this flood is evident. I want to assure residents that local, county, and state resources are working in a coordinated effort to serve the needs of the community."
More than 40 West Virginia National Guard members, including two health and wellness as well as four high water assessment teams, are working alongside Roane County emergency personnel. Gov. Tomblin is preparing to double the number of guard members in the area. In addition, Division of Highways crews are working quickly to reopen roads and repair slips including that on Rt. 119. State personnel from the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Department of Environmental Protection, Department of Health and Human Resources, State Conservation Agency and State Police are continuing to work in the area and assess damages.
At the height of the storm, approximately 38,000 electricity customers in West Virginia were without power. Utility companies across the state report power restoration activities have since reduced the number of outages to approximately 4,100 customers with work continuing to bring all customers back on line.
Those affected by the storms are encouraged to report damages to the City of Spencer at 304-927-0911. Flood victims are encouraged to contact the Offices of the Insurance Commissioner at 1.888.TRY.WVIC (1.888.879.9842) for assistance with filing an insurance claim or other related insurance questions. Consumers can also visit www.wvinsurance.gov
for flood insurance information.
Amy Shuler Goodwin