In all 25-schools were damaged by those floods across the state three years ago, and a handful of schools were completely destroyed and must be rebuilt elsewhere. They include Herbert Hoover High and Clendenin Elementary in Kanawha County, and schools in Nicholas and Greenbrier counties. Officials recently got a progress report from F-E-M-A.
“We really emphasized how upset we were with the delaying, and the timelines getting extended. And I think she took that to heart and I think they’ve expedited some of the environmental assessments,” Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, (R) West Virginia.
Those enviromentment studies will determine whether schools – now in mostly portable classrooms – can rebuilt away from rivers, on property for sale in the community.
“The ball is rolling now. We can say that there is movement. Unfortunately we are talking about federal bureaucracy and that ball rolls slowly,” said Del. Dean Jeffries, Chairman, (R) Kanawha – Flooding Committee.
The Legislature’s Joint Flooding Committee, will also look at a recent scandal over the spending of flood aid in Richwood that led to criminal charges.
“Get some answers to new things that have happened, here in the past few months and get some answers from some of the reports that’s came out,” said Flooding Committe Chair Del. Dean Jeffries.
The third anniversary of the massive West Virginia floods will be in late June.
“On Tuesday the Joint Legislative Committee on Flooding will meet at 1pm in the Capitol, for the first time in five months,” said Mark Curtis, 13 News Chief Politicak Reporter.