W.Va. asks for FEMA help after last week's storms

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has requested a federal disaster declaration for Lincoln, Logan and Mingo counties in an effort to seek help for those affected by recent storms.

The March 15 storms caused significant damage and destruction across parts of Southern West Virginia, and damage-assessment teams are evaluating the storms' effects. The heavy rain caused flooding, mudslides and landslides.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help homeowners and business owners recover.

FEMA granted disaster assistance last week for 11 counties following storms occurring between Feb. 29 and March 5.

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