WV to apply for federal infrastructure resilience grants as climate change increases risk

BY: - November 20, 2023

As climate change is expected to increase flood risk and other hazards for residents across West Virginia, the state is preparing to apply for federal pots of money to help mitigate wreckage and, hopefully, reduce the potential loss of life. The Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) grant fund was started by the Federal Emergency […]

Few Kanawha flood victims had flood insurance, official says 

BY: - October 15, 2023

Of the families in eastern Kanawha County that filled out a damage survey following a late August flood, only 9% had flood insurance, a county official told state lawmakers Sunday. The flash floods were brought on by several inches of rain that fell Aug. 28 and during the weekend before, slamming several eastern Kanawha County […]

Kanawha County Commission: 2 houses destroyed, nearly 50 others damaged in floods

BY: - September 1, 2023

During Monday morning’s flash floods, two Kanawha County homes were destroyed and nearly 50 others sustained major or minor damage, according to surveys completed so far by residents in affected communities.  So far, 103 weather damage surveys from residents have been recorded, according to a Thursday news release from the Kanawha County Commission. Of the […]

E. coli found in residential well tainted by eastern Kanawha flood waters

BY: - August 31, 2023

Testing by the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department found E. coli bacteria in a residential water well that was exposed to flash flooding in eastern Kanawha County earlier this week, according to a Thursday news release. Staff with KCHD’s environmental health division took the sample while out in communities along State Route 60 and 61 that were […]

Flash flood damaged multiple roads, bridges in eastern Kanawha County

BY: - August 31, 2023

Besides damaging homes, Monday’s flash floods in five West Virginia counties also mangled roads and destroyed bridges in affected areas.  The West Virginia Division of Highways said Wednesday about five dozen workers are in eastern Kanawha County repairing roads and bridges. Crews continue to remove debris from portions of Little Creek. On Sunday, workers repaired […]

Curbside flood debris pickup for eastern Kanawha County to begin Tuesday

BY: - August 30, 2023

Curbside pickup of flood debris in eastern Kanawha County will begin Tuesday, Sept. 5 and continue through Friday, Sept. 8, the Kanawha County Commission said Wednesday in a news release. During that time, dump trucks will travel the areas of Slaughter Creek, Fields Creek in Winifrede,  Witcher Creek, Kelly’s Creek and Horsemill Hollow between 8 […]

How to help people affected by floods in eastern Kanawha County

BY: - August 30, 2023

Homes in eastern Kanawha County were flooded when flash floods hit the area early Monday morning. Residents will need resources to help them clean up after the flood. Here are some of the ways you can help: Supplies are being distributed daily at the Belle Town Hall, 1100 E. Dupont Avenue in Belle, and at […]

Cleanup, damage assessment begins after West Virginia flash floods 

BY: - August 29, 2023

One day after flash flooding washed through eastern Kanawha County and four other West Virginia counties, residents began to clean up Tuesday, as emergency management workers started assessing the damage. Officials in Kanawha County estimate nearly 100 homes were flooded in communities along state Route 60 and 61 after the National Weather Service says heavy […]

Flooding leads to state of emergency in five West Virginia counties 

BY: - August 28, 2023

Five West Virginia counties are under a state of emergency after heavy rain throughout the weekend and Monday morning caused “significant flooding,” damaging homes, bridges and roads. Gov. Jim Justice’s office issued the emergency declaration for Kanawha, Braxton, Calhoun, Clay and Roane counties.  Between one to four inches of rain fell in Boone, central Kanawha, […]

The wreckage o a car teeters on a buckled roadway in Matlacha, Florida.

FEMA disaster relief fund faces August shortfall as feds scramble to find cash

BY: - July 13, 2023

WASHINGTON — The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s disaster relief fund is on track to run out of money as soon as next month, though the agency’s administrator told Congress on Thursday that she’s working with the White House to find a solution. “Our current projections on the disaster relief fund is that we will go […]