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June flash flooding produces disaster declaration request

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Jim Justice is seeking a federal disaster declaration from President Donald Trump in connection with flash flooding that hit the northeastern mountain counties of the state in late June.

Jim Justice

Justice’s request for assistance is for Grant, Pendleton, Preston, Tucker and Randolph counties.

Storms produced more than five inches of rain in some locations beginning Saturday, June 29 and continuing into Sunday morning, June 30. The Randolph County community of Harman was hardest hit.

The five members of the state’s congressional delegation have all signed off on a letter to President Trump supporting the request.

“The quick onset of rain sparked flash floods and hasty evacuations throughout the northeastern counties in West Virginia. While no injuries have been reported, many homes have been severely damaged, roadways washed out and businesses flooded,” part of the letter said.

Gov. Justice request for a declaration was submitted on July 17 but as of Wednesday his office had not announced it. The congressional delegation released its letter Wednesday.

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