Two months after taking over the Rise flood recovery program, General James Hoyer says he is pleased with the progress but recognizes there is still much to do.
“In a perfect world it would go a lot faster, but unfortunately we aren’t living in a perfect world,” said Hoyer.
According to Hoyer, more than 1,600 cases have been closed through volunteer support programs and non-profit organizations.
Hoyer says officials are still working on more than 400 cases. In addition, Hoyer highlighted the more than 130 bridges that still need to be reconstructed.
“We need to address to help families get whole again, while their houses might not have been flooded, they might have to cross a creek in order to get there,” said the General.
Raymond Griffin’s family is just one of the 17 families who have to use the Big Sandy Bridge in Clendenin. For those families, the bridge is the only way to get too and from their homes.
“My wife is on oxygen and they wont deliver on account of the bridge,” said Griffin.
“Its just aggravating cause you don’t know when its gonna fall in,” he added. “Its been a mess, for everyone who lives out here.”
When asked about the bridge, General Hoyer said he was aware and is working on getting officials out there as soon as possible.