In a letter submitted Wednesday to
Tomblin noted in the letter that more than 20 percent of the state's 55 counties were affected by the floods. He said 23 people lost their lives; more than 5,000 homes and businesses were damaged; 35 schools were damaged, six likely beyond repair; and hundreds of miles of state and local roads were damaged.
While he thanked Obama for his support and assistance, he said, "(T)he path to successful and sustainable long-term recovery in an area of
The towns and communities once reliant on coal now have "no capacity to build back on their own," Tomblin wrote.
In the letter, he said he will ask the Legislature to allocate
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Tice said public school damages have been estimated at
More information will be available soon, possibly today, about the special session, Tice said. Other media outlets have reported lawmakers are scheduled to return Sunday to
In their letter of support they said, "Unfortunately, much like
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