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President Barack Obama approves disaster declaration for 18 WV counties

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President Barack Obama has issued a disaster declaration to help 18 counties recover from damage caused by Superstorm Sandy.

The declaration announced Tuesday by the White House makes federal funding available to eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit groups in the counties, along with state government. The funding will be provided on a cost-sharing basis.

"We are extremely appreciative of this assistance FEMA will be providing. Many towns across West Virginia experienced extensive damage, and these federal funds will go a long way in helping these communities recover," Gov. Tomblin Earl Ray Tomblin, D-W.Va., said in a news release. "I know we still have West Virginians who are struggling, and I've requested additional help for these families. While I'm hopeful we will hear back soon, my request is still under review by FEMA."

Hazard Mitigation grants also became available with Tuesday's declaration. All counties are eligible to apply for this financial assistance for actions taken to prevent or reduce long-term risk to life and property from natural hazards.

Counties included in the declaration are: of Barbour, Boone, Braxton, Clay, Fayette, Kanawha, Lewis, Nicholas, Pendleton, Pocahontas, Preston, Raleigh, Randolph, Taylor, Tucker, Upshur, Webster, and Wyoming.