State secures grant for Rainelle storm water study associated with 2016 flood

RAINELLE, W.Va. — One of the hardest hit West Virginia communities in the June 2016 will receive a grant for more than $1 million to address storm water issues associated with the Meadow River.

Gov. Jim Justice

Gov. Jim Justice announced Friday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will forward the money that will allow Rainelle to conduct the town’s initial phase of a storm water project.

The project “will study how to convey water from the drainage basin to the river safely and should be based on the 2016 flood levels of the river and creeks,” a news release from the governor’s office said.

“We’ve been working right alongside our FEMA partners for several years now and I’m so happy that we’re seeing this supportive funding coming into West Virginia,” Justice said. “But, as always, I’m not done fighting. I will keep working every day to secure every resource we can for all the victims of flooding in Rainelle and all across our great state.”

Former Mayor Andy Pendleton

Former Rainelle Mayor Andy Pendleton said she was “overwhelmed” after hearing funding for the project had been approved.

“This is a fabulous day for the people of Rainelle. I sincerely appreciate Governor Justice’s commitment to our community and for not giving up on us,” Pendleton said.

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