West Virginia Flood Aid Changes

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This trailer that housed the FEMA office in Clendenin, is now closed, as are similar offices in White Sulphur Springs and Rainelle. But many churches are still pitching in, like the Queen Shoals Full Gospel church, which still has all kinds of relief supplies. They include 75 backpacks full of goods that were donated by a church near Charlotte, North Carolina. A woman from there drove them to West Virginia.

“For children and for adults, that have a variety of things in there from just cosmetics, to blankets, to toys. Just some things that can have some comfort effect for the people that are suffering here,” said Judy Davis, a flood aid donor from North Carolina.

Meanwhile another faith-based operation closed Wednesday evening. The Church of the Nazarene in Clendenin has handed out food and cleaning supplies for over two months. Flood victims really appreciate it.

“This Nazarene Church is where I went to when I was a little girl.   And the things they have provided for us has meant everything,” said Sylvia Casto, a Clendenin flood victim.

In many places roads are being rebuilt. But lawmakers want Congress to reimburse West Virginia for 90 percent of the cost, instead of 75 percent.

“Because 90-10 means that the counties only have to come up with 10 percent for the school we have to replace, and the help that people need and the infrastructure that has to be rebuilt,” said Senator Joe Manchin, (D) West Virginia.

And there are signs that some businesses are starting to get back on their feet. too.

“Even though FEMA has closed its relief centers and some church based operations are shutting down, too, people in the flood zone want potential donors and volunteers to know plenty of help is still needed,” said Mark Curtis, 59 News Chief Political Reporter.

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