ELKVIEW, W.Va. – House Speaker Tim Armstead, R-Kanawha, today announced two community meetings later this week to provide information on flood relief efforts and answer residents’ questions about aid programs and recovery plans.
The meetings are being organized in conjunction with local, state and federal officials and agencies participating in recovery efforts in the area.
"Our fire departments, first responders, law enforcement officers, agencies, churches and thousands of volunteers have done so much over the past few weeks to help residents begin the recovery process,” Speaker Armstead said. “As we look to the future and the tremendous work that still must be done, my hope is that these meetings will help residents, organizations and small business owners find the information they need to move forward from this tragedy as quickly as possible.”
The first meeting will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 7, at the Clendenin Volunteer Fire Department, located at 109 Maywood Ave. East. The second meeting will take place at 7 p.m. Friday, July 8, at Elkview Baptist Church, located at 1150 Main St.
Representatives from several county, state and federal agencies are scheduled to attend and discuss relief efforts. That includes representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Small Business Administration to discuss aid available residents and small businesses to help them rebuild.
Workforce West Virginia representatives have also been invited to attend to discuss emergency unemployment programs to help those who have lost jobs or are temporarily out of work due to the flooding.
“I encourage anyone who has been affected by the recent flooding to attend one of these meetings to learn about the assistance available to them,” Speaker Armstead said.