CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Four West Virginia communities are receiving a total of $1.3 million in federal grants to remove flood-damaged structures and maintain emergency preparedness.Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin says the hazard mitigation program grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will go to the cities of Williamson, Wellsburg and Shinnston and to Nicholas County. The state contributed funding for the projects.
The grants will be used to demolish eight previously flooded properties each in Richwood and Shinnston, and 10 such properties in Wellsburg. The properties will become permanent open space.Williamson will install a generator at its emergency services building, which provides shelter for Mingo County residents during hazardous events.