CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WTAP) - Update: 5/31/2018 5:00 P.M.
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.
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.
UPDATE: 7/31/2017 6:15 PM
One local American Red Cross sends over 10 volunteers to assist in the flood damage clean up.
Two Red Cross shelters will remain open overnight in Wetzel County and Marion County.
One American Red Cross Director says they are currently in the assessing phase to determine if more volunteers will need to be sent out.
"I've seen some tough flooding over my years with Red Cross. So, this ranks right up there with even like the West Virginia floods last year. Every community is unique in what damages happen to it but they're all resilient people, and they're going to make a good recovery of this."
UPDATE: 7/29/17 3:43 p.m.
Gov. Jim Justice has expanded a State of Emergency declaration for portions of the Northern Panhandle and North Central West Virginia due to heavy rainfall that has caused significant flooding in those areas.
Counties now included in the SOE are Ohio, Marshall, Wetzel, Marion, Monongalia, Harrison, Taylor and Tucker.
UPDATE: 7/29/17 3:30 p.m.
West Virginia authorities have recovered the body of a 19-year-old woman who was swept away by flash flooding earlier in the week.
Officials say Page Geller's body was found in the Ohio River on Saturday. Geller and 24-year-old Michael Grow were in a van on Sunday that rolled into a stream following heavy rains. Grow was pulled from the floodwaters and later died at a hospital. Ohio County Emergency Management Director Lou Vargo said authorities did not find Geller until early Saturday morning when heavy rains again caused flooding in the northern parts of the state.
West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has declared a state of emergency and has mobilized the National Guard in response to the most recent flooding. No other fatalities or major injuries have been reported.
UPDATE: 7/29/17 2:40 p.m.
West Virginia's Attorney General is warning against price gouging after heavy rains caused flooding in the northern parts of the state.
Attorney General Patrick Morrisey said Gov. Jim Justice's decision to declare a state of emergency in six counties triggered laws against businesses or contractors raising prices more than 10 percent what it cost 10 days prior to the declaration. The law will remain in effect for 30 days or until the declaration is lifted, whichever is longer, with some exceptions.
Anyone who believes they have been the victim of price gouging should file a complaint with the attorney general's office.
Morrisey said he is "very concerned" by the pictures, video and reports coming from the affected areas.
ORIGINAL STORY: 7/29/17 11 a.m.
Gov. Jim Justice has declared a state of emergency for parts of northern West Virginia with flooding from heavy rains.
Counties included in the Saturday morning declaration are Ohio, Marshall, Wetzel, Marion, Monongalia and Harrison.
According to the governor's office, state and county emergency officials are evacuating some areas and the West Virginia National Guard has been mobilized to help.
The National Weather Service reports that between 2 and 3.5 inches of rain has fallen over a flood warning area, including Morgantown, with many roads closed Saturday morning.
The service says rain is letting up but streams will flow over their banks through early afternoon.
The Wheeling Intelligencer and News-Register reports authorities recovered a body from the Ohio River they believe is a teenager missing in last weekend's flooding.