Flood Damage Assessments Begin In WV Counties

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Charleston, WV (AP) -- Federal and state crews have started tallying up the damage from this weekend's flooding in West Virginia's southern coalfields.

A spokeswoman with the Federal Emergency Management Agency says the count is needed to determine if the region qualifies for federal disaster aid.

Heavy rainfall late Friday and early Saturday turned streams into raging waterways that swept into homes, knocked out power, damaged roadways and ripped out small bridges.

A preliminary count shows least 300 buildings in Mingo County were destroyed and hundreds were damaged in Wyoming and McDowell counties.

Division of Highways spokesman Brent Walker says early estimates show damage to roadways and bridges is between $10 million to $12 million.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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