- Associated Press - Thursday, October 20, 2016

HICO, W.Va. (AP) - Greenbrier and Fayette county homeowners who are rebuilding after last summer’s severe storms have met with state and Federal Emergency Management Agency representatives to discuss recovery efforts.

The meeting, held Tuesday at Midland Trail High School, focused on FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program process and rebuilding efforts for affected homeowners, the Register-Herald (https://bit.ly/2evHw64 ) reported.

Officials won’t have an estimate of what of those program funds will be available until January, and a concrete figure won’t be known for six months after that, said State Hazard Mitigation Officer Brian Penix.

“We ask that you go on with your life as if you are not in a project,” he said, adding that funds aren’t guaranteed to those who participate in the voluntary program.

Program options include buyout, demolition and rebuild, elevation and relocation. The HMGP option for each house is determined by whether it is in the “floodplain” or “floodway.” A map to help homeowners distinguish between the floodplain and floodway is located at www.mapwv.gov/flood/map .

The demolition and rebuild option is preferred for structures outside the floodway, but still within the floodplain area destroyed by flooding. Elevation is the best option if a home is not destroyed but needs to be raised to comply with local floodplain ordinances. Relocation requires the home being physically moved to another location within 50 miles outside the floodplain.

A similar meeting is planned for 6 p.m. on Oct. 25 at Clay County High School.

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Information from: Bluefield Daily Telegraph, https://www.bdtonline.com

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