The news came yesterday that federal disaster grants totaling nearly $2 million have been approved to help businesses and residents hit by the severe storms and flooding last month.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency says the aid includes $1.7 million for temporary housing and home repairs, which is badly needed here in Logan County and in the other areas affected by the flood.
Disaster relief centers have opened in Logan and Wyoming counties and another center opened yesterday in Welch. The centers are operated by FEMA and the state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.
The Obama administration approved a disaster declaration for Logan, McDowell, Mingo and Wyoming counties after severe storms on June 12 caused flooding and mudslides.
In Logan County, several areas were awash under mud and high water, including Mount Gay, Cherry Tree, Switzer, Madison Creek, South Man and Ellis Addition.
The flooding affected more than 100 homes in Logan County and caused severe property damage, even causing a mudslide that tore Taplin Freewill Baptist Church from its hillside lot. Valley Market was flooded for the 24th time.
People can go online to get FEMA help at www.DisasterAssistance.gov. Don’t delay, apply for help today.