- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 31, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin says the Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved his request for a disaster declaration in West Virginia after a severe storm in early March.

Tomblin says the declaration will provide assistance for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged in the storm, which rolled through the state on March 4 and 5.

The declaration makes public assistance available to 29 counties for infrastructure and cleanup efforts.

The storm brought heavy snow and rain, knocked out power to more than 80,000 customers and caused flooding, landslides and mudslides.

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