CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today, in a letter, urged the U.S. Congress to include West Virginia in an end-of-year disaster relief package. With W.Va. experiencing four natural disasters in 2012, the governor wants to ensure lawmakers include assistance to help families and communities recover.
"2012 has been a rough year for many West Virginia families. We've experienced four large storms, and we have families who are still struggling to recover," Gov. Tomblin said. "I want to assure folks, I'm doing everything I can to make sure the federal government provides us with the assistance needed to rebuild our communities and our state."
In March, tornadoes, strong winds and torrential rains severely damaged a number of communities. A short time later, three counties experienced severe flooding. In July, a derecho affected much of the state, leaving many without power for days. And just last month, the state experienced blizzard-like conditions, high winds and rainfall as a result of Hurricane Sandy.
Amy Shuler Goodwin