State Senators Ron Stollings (D-Boone) and Art Kirkendoll (D-Logan) stand with a family in Mud Fork in Logan County that were victims of recent flash flooding that devastated the area. (Photo | Submitted)
State Senators Ron Stollings (D-Boone) and Art Kirkendoll (D-Logan) say they are looking at various ways to help victims of recent flash flooding and storms that devastated many areas in southern West Virginia.
One thing Stollings said is that he and Kirkendoll are looking at getting water bill relief for victims of the flooding.
“It’s going to take water to clean this up,” Stollings said. “We don’t want these people to have large water bills.”
Kirkendoll said he and Stollings are also looking at getting the inmate workforce to assist with flood clean up in the area.
“We use the inmate workforce to clean roadways and things like that, so this is an opportunity for them to help with flood clean up where is it desperately needed,” he said.
Stollings said southern West Virginians are strong people and they would recover from this horrible flooding event.
“These are resilient people,” he said. “They help one another and they will get through this, and we want to help them as much as we can.”
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced that during a special session of the state Legislature, legislators passed a supplemental appropriation bill to provide $10 million to help communities recover from recent 2012 natural disasters.
"For the past two months, I have visited numerous communities across West Virginia seeing first-hand the damage caused by horrific storms. The total damage assessment and financial impact of the recent storm damage continues to be calculated by our emergency response experts," Gov. Tomblin said. "This money will help bring needed relief to storm victims."
U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) made the following statement about the federal storm damage relief that is on its way to West Virginia for Doddridge, Harrison, Lincoln, Marion, Mingo, Monongalia, Preston, Ritchie, Roane, Taylor and Wayne counties.
“The federal funds will assist communities across the state that were affected by severe storms, tornadoes, flooding, mudslides and landslides between February 29 and March 5,” Manchin said.
In addition to touring the damage in several counties, Senator Manchin wrote to President Obama and spoke with Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano asking that the state’s request for assistance be granted.
"When I toured the areas that were destroyed in these storms and saw their truly devastating impact on our communities, I urged the federal government to offer the appropriate aid as quickly as possible,” he said. “I thank Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and her entire staff for their willingness to quickly make a decision that will help so many West Virginians put their lives back in order and rebuild."