FEMA Works to Bring Temporary Housing into Greenbrier County


Many people in Greenbrier County have lost their homes and have nowhere to go.

Now, some homeowners are hoping to move into temporary homes provided by FEMA. 

James McCormick has lived in West Virginia for 23 years and says the floods came in a shock. 

“The next thing it was up to your shins, then your knees, then your waist. It was just devastating, I’ve never seen nothing like it,” says McCormick.

Everything inside his house is ruined but he is stuck living inside with mold growing. 

“I don’t know what to do, for the first time in my life I’m at a loss,” says McCormick.

The Mountain State has become his home and he doesn’t want to say goodbye. 

“I don’t want to leave about a 10/15 mile radius from here,” says McCormick.

FEMA is here to help people like McCormick who are at a loss.

“We want to get these people out of the environments they are currently living in,” says a FEMA Media Relations Specialist, Renee Bafalis.

FEMA is working to find a place to put people stranded in these unfortunate situations. 

“Manufactured homes will get people into a safe sanitary and secure environment,” says Bafalis.

These homes will be placed in Greenbrier and Kanawha counties. 

FEMA isn’t sure at this point how many homes they will be able to provide but they are working to assist as many people as possible. 

The state is working closely with FEMA to figure out where these homes will go because they don’t want to put them in a place where they can be in danger of flooding. 

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