CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Millions of dollars have been released to West Virginia to fund disaster reliefs efforts related to the June 2016 flood.

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., announced the release of $106 million on Friday, which Congress first approved in February 2018.

The funding comes from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant — Disaster Recovery program.

“I’m relieved the administration finally heeded my calls and released this desperately needed funding to the people of West Virginia and other areas of the country that are still rebuilding and recovering from horrible natural disasters,” Manchin said in a press release. “This funding will allow us to rebuild smarter and stronger and reduce the potential future catastrophic flooding in this area.”

HUD Secretary Ben Carson told Manchin in April the funds would be released by May 1, which did not happen.

Also Friday, state Adjutant General James Hoyer said 59 homes have been completed through the RISE West Virginia program. An inspection was completed on a mobile home unit in Kanawha County this week.

 

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