CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WOWK) – All that’s left of Junior Naylor’s property on Youngstown Drive in Clendenin is the mailbox, a basketball hoop, and the concrete slab where his home, a garage and another building once stood. The structures were damaged in the 2016 flood, and were later torn down as part of FEMA’s disaster mitigation program in flood zones. Naylor was supposed to receive a lot of federal compensation for his losses, but to date has not been paid at all.
“What we had agreed on, the price, and I haven’t got a thing.” Q: How much did you agree on if I may ask? “157-thousand.” Q: And how much have you received? “Zero!” said Junior Naylor, a 2016 Clendenin Flood Victim.
Other property owners along the Elk River – where flood waters were up of 6 feet into homes and businesses – were told they would be compensated and the structures would be torn down. They are still waiting. Town Council member Dave Knight is among those renovating his properties near the river, and understand’s the public anger.
“It’s just been a big disappointment that things haven’t happened faster, and even including our schools. Everyone’s frustrated but we’re still hopeful and looking ahead,” said Councilman Dave Knight, Town of Clendenin.
As for Junior Naylor, whose home and business are gone, he says the ultimate insult is he still get a property tax bill.
“They tore down my house, they tore down the building. Started on the garage, but they quit in ’17. I get my taxes for this year, they were $290 dollars,” said flood victim Junior Naylor.
The Legislature’s Committee on Flooding will look at problems in the Elk River communities, as well as Rainelle, and Richwood, where criminal charges were even filed over disaster aid.
People in flood zones all across West Virginia are hoping this Joint Legislative Committee can finally speed up the process of getting them their federal aid, three years after the devastating 2016 floods.