Sep. 9—KINGWOOD —
Hamilton said he doubts the county will meet the damage threshold for either public or individual assistance. However, people who were affected should still submit the report, which is available on the Preston Co E-911 /OEM Facebook page.
"We want to do our due diligence in case we do meet the threshold, " Hamilton told
Not all the damage that happened is eligible toward getting federal assistance. For example, a bridge washed out that went to a field and not to a structure, Hamilton said. Assistant Director
Wolfe explained public assistance is for government agencies and private nonprofits while individual assistance is for individual residences. Wolfe said to get a federal declaration for a state of emergency needs about
"So, I don't think there's any chance to meet either one of those, of course, you've got to be both, " Wolfe said. "So, if the statewide didn't hit that much, then you don't get the county. And it was pretty isolated in where it hit. So I don't foresee really any, any federal declarations from this at all.
Hamilton and County Administrator
"The real threat is if we get another significant rain these streams that are already plugged up will make the flooding worse, " Hamilton said.
Because of its urgency, Hamilton was able to work with the
Mace is working with the WVCA to determine the details. One issue mentioned was access into the streams. There are also permitting matters and cost share.
Another issue is researching if a local state of emergency declaration will allow for some steps in the competitive bidding process to be sped up, Mace said. Hamilton said normally getting contractors is a lengthy process.
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