Gov. Justice secures FEMA funds to complete repairs on flood-damaged sewer system in Wetzel County
CHARLESTON, WV - Gov. Jim Justice has secured the federal funding needed so a Wetzel County community can finish a $49,213 repair project for its flood-damaged sewer system.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confirmed final approval Thursday for the $36,913 Public Assistance grant requested by the town of Pine Grove. The amount reflects the 75 percent cost share that FEMA pledged to provide following the federal disaster declaration prompted by last summer’s flooding in the Northern Panhandle and north-central West Virginia.
Gov. Justice’s civil contingency fund will provide the remaining 25 percent share, or around $12,304. Pine Grove has already completed 26 percent of the project, which has included rebuilding and repairing grinders and controller units for dozens of individual property pump wells.
"I'm pleased that we've been able to finalize this grant with FEMA for the people of Pine Grove and through my civil contingency fund we have completed the financing picture and they can now move full speed ahead on repairs to their sewer system."
“This money is very, very much needed,” said Pine Grove Mayor Barbara King. “I’m just thankful that we’re receiving it.”
President Donald J. Trump issued a disaster declaration at the request of Governor Justice to help areas of West Virginia hit in late July 2017 by severe storms, flooding, landslides, and mudslides.
The declaration authorized federal assistance to affected individuals and households in Harrison, Marion, Marshall, and Wetzel counties, as well as public assistance to those counties and to Doddridge, Monongalia, Ohio, Preston, Randolph, Taylor, Tucker and Tyler counties.
So far, $13.3 million in Public Assistance grants have been obligated while $2.7 million from FEMA’s Individual and Households Program has been approved.
Butch Antolini, Butch.Antolini@wv.gov