State delegates address issue of fallen trees creating flood problems
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) – Last week, the WSAZ reported neighbors along Four Pole Road in Huntington who fear it is only a matter of time before their homes are flooded.
Some state delegates say they have studied the problem, trying to find a solution.
The February ice storms brought down trees and debris, blocking several sections of the creek.
High tide has already entered a garage.
Ronnie Bowen worries that heavy rain will cause big problems.
“Your house could be flooded,” he says.
Last week, Bowen and other neighbors told the WSAZ that their efforts to get help from local and state agencies had failed.
West Virginia delegate Matt Rohrbach said after WSAZ spoke to him about the issue, he took a look at the area and admits it’s troubling.
“We need to clear this obstruction in the creek,” he said.
Rohrbach says he contacted the governor’s office and was told that federal funding may soon be available for help.
“They have now reached the threshold of the amount of damage that has been rendered, so they feel that this disaster relief should be provided fairly quickly,” Rohrbach said.
Delegate Chad Lovejoy said officials from state emergency services and county disaster services were at the site on Tuesday.
Lovejoy says he is awaiting contact between emergency services and the West Virginia Soil Conservation District to see if assistance can be provided.
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