HARMAN, W.Va. — Mark Scott is grateful for all the citizens and organizations that have stepped up in the flood recovery efforts over the past two weeks.
On Wednesday’s MetroNews ‘Talkline’, Scott, the Randolph County Commission President, said a few issues still remain from the flash flooding in late June including sewer service for residents on Route 33 east of Harman.
Scott said while the Department of Environmental Protection and Soil Conservation Service are finalizing an order for funding to restore service, it’s going to take a while because the line was completely washed out.
“Where that line was in now a river,” he said. “You kind of have to do it in stages. The conservation folks are going to have to restore the river to its rightful place and then we are going to have to go through and see if that same line can be used again or if they want to divert it to another location.”
Scott added there are still porta toilets set up in the community and recognized they may have to keep them longer than first wanted.
“We’ve got sanitary facilities out along that whole route there,” he said. “We have secured those for 30 days and we may have to continue to keep those secured for the folks out there until we get that line run.”
Progress is being made when it comes to cleaning houses, according to Scott.
He said that only eight households need to be completed with the cleanup. That number is down from the around 50 to 75 homes and businesses that Scott said received water damage from the flash flooding.
Scott said the county is still welcoming many volunteers and individuals can do so through the county’s emergency management office.
Overall, Scott called the outpouring of support in the community and around the state extraordinary.
“It’s a testament to our state and what they have done and to the federal government. Also to our local citizens. Without the help of our local citizens, this would have been a very difficult process,” he said.
— MetroNews (@WVMetroNews) July 10, 2019