FEMA resources authorized for storm recovery in Hico, multiple counties across WV

OAK HILL, WV (WOAY) – President Joe Biden has authorized federal funding to help those affected by that severe weather outbreak in early April that caused an EF-2 tornado in Hico and widespread damage across the state.

The declaration states that multiple counties across the state that experienced severe weather from April 2-6 are eligible.

That weather caused tornadoes, mudslides, straight-line wind damage, and flooding across  portions of West Virginia. In addition to Fayette County, Boone, Cabell, Kanawha, Lincoln, Marshall, Nicholas, Ohio, Putnam, Wayne, and Wetzel counties are all eligible for relief.

The money can be used for temporary housing and home repairs, property losses, and other recovery efforts from the storm.

The assistance will come in the form of grants or low-cost loans. Fema will also help state and local governments and non-profit organizations with emergency work and facility repair on a cost-sharing basis.

Senator Shelley Moore Capito said getting the declaration took effort, and she urges people to apply for help if they need it.

“We pressed the federal government to declare a federal major disaster declaration,” Capito said in a press call today. “I would encourage everybody who’s been affected by these and for you all to help us get the word out that if you’re eligible for individual assistance, you can go to www.disasterassistance.gov.”

You can also call 1-800-621-3362 to apply for assistance.

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