2016 Flood Victims Left Waiting as RISE WV Faces Questions

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The West Virginia Joint Legislative Committee on Flooding is calling for an investigation of RISE WV after reports that the program was suspended during an audit.

The program is meant help flood victims repair their homes after the 2016 flood but many claim they haven’t received help two years after the disaster.

“It’s just frustrating to have all of these promises and no one can keep them,” Crystal Taylor, her home was damaged in the 2016 flood.

The West Virginia Press Association is reporting that the Governor’s administration suspended the program after finding an irregularity in a contract with RISE WV.

A spokesman for the U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) says HUD was not informed when RISE WV was suspended in West Virginia.

RISE WV falls under the West Virginia Department of Commerce, so HUD sent a letter to Secretary Woody Thrasher asking to explain what was going on with the program. The letter states HUD had already provided about $150-million in grants to RISE WV.

Calls and emails to the Department of Commerce spokeswoman have not been returned.

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