West Va. governor asks for federal help after storms

FILE -In this Tuesday June 28, 2016 file photo, Democratic gubernatorial candidate and Greenbrier owner Jim Justice, gestures during an interview at the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, W. Va. Justice, billionaire owner of The Greenbrier resort and Democratic nominee for governor, closed his hotel for business and opened it as a free shelter after the June 23 floods that killed 23 people, including 15 in Greenbrier County. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice is seeking a major disaster declaration from the federal government for flooding and wind damage in eight counties.
State officials have done a preliminary damage assessment that totaled about $4.5 million in eligible costs and damage.
Justice declared a state of emergency for Berkeley, Grant, Hampshire, Hardy, Jefferson, Mineral, Morgan and Pendleton counties on June 4, after rainfall that started May 28. The rains led to mudslides in some areas. Hampshire county was the hardest hit, with about 40 percent of the damage.
Justice says in a statement the storms “created conditions that are beyond local and state capability to effectively respond.”