- Associated Press - Thursday, March 26, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia’s congressional delegation is requesting a major disaster declaration after winter storm Thor hit the state early this month.

Senators Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito, and Reps. David McKinley, Alex Mooney and Evan Jenkins wrote the request to President Barack Obama on Thursday.

A news release from Manchin’s office says the declaration would make public assistance available for infrastructure and clean-up efforts in 30 counties. Funding for hazard mitigation efforts would be made available for the whole state.

The storm moved through West Virginia on March 4 and 5, and included heavy rain and snow, flooding, mudslides, landslides and power outages.

Transportation and utility infrastructure, recreational areas and other resources suffered damage.

The delegation’s letter says Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin requested the major disaster status on March 24.


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