Betty Robinson has been waiting nearly three years for her flood relief pay out. Her home along the Elk River was destroyed in the 2016 floods. Like many victims she applied for federal disaster mitigation, agreeing to have her house torn down. To date she’s only received about 25-percent of her money.
“I was paid about $33-thousand and the appraised value of the house was $119-thousand.” Q: So you’re still owed about $86-thousand dollars? “I am. Yes,” said Betty Robinson, an Elk River flood victim.
The governor’s office appears to have decided in a 2017 meeting, to make fixing infrastructure the top prioroity over housing replacement. The legislature’s joint-flooding committee is investigating..
“But we want to take care of these people who were made promises, that if they signed an agreement and allowed their house to be appraised and then torn down, that they would be reimbursed,” said Del. Dean Jeffries, Chairman, (R) Kanawha – Flooding Committee.
At 77, Betty Robinson has health problems and may need another kidney transplant. She wants to be paid out.
“I’m looking at probably at a lot of expenses in the future. It makes me feel very anxious, very worried,” said Robinson.
June will mark the flood’s third anniversary.
“On Wednesday, 2pm at the Capitol, the Joint Flooding Subcommittee will be meeting to find out why so many West Virginia flood victims have still been paid little to none of what they are owed,” said Mark Curtis, 13 News Chief Political Reporter.