FEMA hands out more than $2 million in assistance in W.Va.


More than $2 million in assistance has been handed out by the Federal Emergency Management Agency after July flooding across West Virginia.

Disaster recovery centers remain open in McMechen and Hundred.

FEMA reps want to point out that people should still apply for assistance if they were a victim of flooding. Locally, Marshall and Wetzel counties both qualify for help for residents.

Since that time, Texas hit hard by Hurricane Harvey. Now, Florida with Hurricane Irma.

FEMA reps say it doesn't affect people here getting help financially.

"It's important for them to understand they aren't going to short the money for people in Texas or Florida that need help too, so apply for benefits here. They are separate allocations,” said Thomas Kempton with FEMA.

Kempton says around 750 West Virginians have registered for help.

"There is more than $2 million in people's hands and help them repair their damaged structures,” he said.

Kempton says that to get help, you also must return your application to the U.S. Small Business Administration, even if you end up not wanting a loan.

"The amount of funds FEMA will give out is limited, but the SBA can give a loan with low-interest for not only businesses, but home owners and renters and for property you lost,” Kempton said.

Hours changed Monday at the three state/FEMA disaster recovery centers serving West Virginia survivors in Harrison, Marion, Marshall and Wetzel counties.

Bishop Donahue High School – Monday-Friday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday: 9 a.m. To 5 p.m.; Sunday: 1 to 5 p.m.

Hundred High School library – Monday-Saturday: 9 a.m.- 6 p.m.; Sunday: 1 to 5 p.m.

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