CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- People on public assistance who lost food because of storm-driven power failures this week will be eligible for replacement food stamps. The Department of Health and Human Resources said Friday it's adjusting the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program to help families who are suffering. Anyone who lost food in June can apply for replacement benefits through local DHHR offices. The deadline is Monday, but the DHHR says that could be extended with federal government approval.
The storms that tore across West Virginia on June 29 affected 53 of 55 counties and initially left more than 680,000 people without power. Since then, temperatures have been in the 90s. As of Friday afternoon, the number of people still awaiting electricity had fallen under 200,000. More than 41,000 of those were in Kanawha County.