Flood Update from WVDHSEM, Sunday Morning 06/26/16
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – According to WV Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Director Jimmy Gianato, these are the latest facts and figures from the WV floods:
-The number of fatalities from flooding remains at 24 (twenty-four).
-16 found in Greenbrier
-6 found in Kanawha
-1 found in Ohio
-1 found in Jackson
-17,280 homes and businesses are still without power.
-Preliminary Damage Assessments
PDAs are scheduled to begin early this week.
Individual Assistance PDAs are scheduled to begin Monday, June 27, 2016.
Public Assistance PDAs are scheduled to begin Tuesday, June 28, 2016.
The PDAs assess damages and the impact to communities.
PDAs, which are an information gathering process, are the first step in helping a governor determine whether the scope of damage is beyond what the state is capable of handling and if additional assistance is necessary.
Information for Individuals
FEMA encourages individuals and households to document any damages they have to assist with the IA process.
Individuals and business owners who sustained losses in the designated area can begin applying for assistance tomorrow by registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362).
Disaster assistance applicants, who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY, should call 1-800-462-7585 directly; for those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362.
The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice.
-Roane County estimates over 500 homes are severely damaged or destroyed
-Fayette County’s water systems are down due to power outages, but expected to be back up in a day or two.
-Kanawha County continues search and rescue, primarily in the Frame area. Four dump sites have been opened for debris. Capitol High School is still open as a shelter with around 90 displaced residents.
-Clay County has water distribution sites set up at the Clay Fire Department and Big Otter Elementary School.
-The WV DEP has received permission to extend landfill hours across the affected counties for dumping and disposal of debris.
-WV National Guard has around 300 troops on the ground.
-WV DHHR has had requests from several counties for tetanus vaccinations and are coordinating for delivery and distribution at the first of the week.
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