FEMA Awards $8.3 Million for Road Repair in Marshall, Tyler Counties

Repair work on roads damaged by flooding in Marshall and Tyler counties last year received additional funding from the federal government on Thursday.

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., announced about $8.3 million in funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will go to the West Virginia Division of Highways for repairs in both counties.

Through FEMA’s public assistance program, about $6.7 million was awarded to the division’s District 6 for projects in Marshall County and $1.6 million was awarded for Tyler County repairs.

The Northern Panhandle saw excessive flooding in the area in February 2018, causing an estimated $20 million in damages to Marshall County roads alone.

The funding through FEMA will reimburse repair projects that have been ongoing since the flooding occurred nearly a year ago, District 6 Engineer Dave Brabham said. Most of the repair work involves slip repairs and fixing walls.

“We’ll do repairs and then get reimbursed,” Brabham said.

The district works from a list of sites eligible for repairs and has hundreds of FEMA projects in the works in its six-county area, he said.

In December, Capito and Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., announced that about $2.1 million in FEMA funding had been granted for repairs in Ohio and Hancock counties.

“When disaster strikes, West Virginians work tirelessly to pull themselves and their neighbors up,” Capito, chairman of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, said in a press release Thursday. “It is important that the federal government continues to be a partner in these efforts, particularly when it comes to repairing the infrastructure West Virginians depend on to safely provide for their families.

“I will continue to work to ensure West Virginia communities and communities across America have the resources they need to recover from natural disasters,” she said.

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