- Associated Press - Saturday, September 10, 2016

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - While the Federal Emergency Management Agency has moved on after more than two months evaluating flood damage in West Virginia, the agency says there may still be time to file claims.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports (https://bit.ly/2cCnu9Q ) that while the official FEMA deadline passed on Wednesday, the agency may still accept registrations on a case-by-case basis.

“It may sound odd to some people that people would miss a deadline but, let’s face it, if you’ve been hospitalized and had your home destroyed, that’s a bit of a traumatic experience, and you can’t hardly blame them for missing it,” said FEMA spokesman Jim Homstad.

Flood victims will need to be able to explain why they missed the cutoff that had already been extended from an original Aug. 24 deadline, he said.

The June 23 floods killed 23 people and ravaged homes, businesses and infrastructure.

Residents in 12 counties - Clay, Fayette, Greenbrier, Jackson, Kanawha, Lincoln, Monroe, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Roane, Summers and Webster - are eligible for FEMA aid.

FEMA had received 8,683 registrations before the deadline, with most of them coming from Greenbrier County with 2,610. Next were Kanawha and Nicholas counties, with 2,176 and 1,080 applications each.

FEMA has approved nearly $40 million in ad through its individual and households programs so far.

Kayla McCoy, the secretary of the Greater Greenbrier County Long-Term Recovery Committee, said she has spoken to several people who missed the deadline.

“Maybe it just didn’t fully hit them until the deadline passed,” she said.

McCoy said her group is working on long-range planning for communities affected by the flood for after the work of FEMA and others leaves off.

“The objective of a long-term recovery committee is to act as a coordinating body,” McCoy said. “We are compiling those resources and building those databases to make sure we have a clearinghouse of information when they come to us.”


Information from: The Charleston Gazette-Mail, https://wvgazettemail.com.

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