2016 Flood Events - Disaster Recovery
In June 2016, the state of West Virginia suffered record breaking amounts of rainfall causing catastrophic flooding across 17 counties. The flooding caused widespread damage to housing, businesses, and infrastructure in an event that the National Weather Service has deemed “historic” and “extremely rare.” Ultimately, 12 counties in West Virginia were declared major disaster areas by President Obama on June 25, 2016 (DR-4273). The Continuing Appropriations Act of 2017 (Pub. L. 114 – 223 and Pub. L. 114-254) was subsequently enacted to appropriate federal funds specific to this disaster relief. Pursuant to this Act, the State of West Virginia was notified by HUD that it will receive two allocations totaling $104,280,000 in Community Development Block Grant - Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funding for recovery programs stemming from Federal Disaster 4273 to address unmet needs as a result of the floods.
The programs funded through the CDBG-DR award will address the State’s unmet housing, infrastructure, planning, and economic development needs as allowable under the program requirements. Program activities will support recovery efforts in the 12 Presidentially declared disaster-impacted counties, with a majority of the funds going to the HUD-determined most impacted and distressed counties: Kanawha and Greenbrier. The grant requires that 70% funds benefit low- and moderate-income persons.
From this site you can access the following documents related to West Virginia’s CDBG-DR award: