Seeking Federal Disaster Declaration

Gov. Joe Manchin has asked President Bush to make 11 West Virginia counties eligible for federal disaster recovery assistance from recent storms.

The counties in Wednesday's request for a federal disaster declaration are Barbour, Clay, Calhoun, Doddridge, Gilmer, Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson, Marion, Taylor and Tyler.

The storms caused flooding and mudslides that closed access to roads. Manchin declared a state of emergency in 28 counties, enabling the National Guard to send up to 150 soldiers to assist with debris removal and other flood recovery efforts.

The state Division of Highways is repairing roads and the American Red Cross has provided shelter, food and disaster cleanup supplies.


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