West Virginia gets $1M for flood control project
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia has received a $1 million federal grant for a flood control project in Wellsburg.
The West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency grant on Tuesday.
Officials say the project will expand the capacity of the city’s sewer lines to better reroute water and debris to a nearby river. The plan is to reduce future flood damage in the city and allow other post-disaster resources to be directed elsewhere, state emergency management Director Mike Todorovich said.
The funding comes as part of a presidential disaster declaration after a 2016 flood killed 23 people and damaged hundreds of buildings in the state.