Author: Kayla M. McCoy

Charleston Gazette-Mail: Greenbrier recovery workers frustrated over RISE, hoping for better

LEWISBURG — At her desk on Monday afternoon, Kayla M. McCoy alternated between putting her head in her hands, sighing and shaking her head. On her computer, she watched Gov. Jim Justice’s news conference about the RISE West Virginia flood recovery program. Justice announced that Maj. Gen. James Hoyer, adjutant general of the West Virginia National Guard, would be in charge of the program. The program’s problems aren’t news to McCoy, the program coordinator and director of development for the Greater Greenbrier Long-Term Recovery Committee. She said she’s grateful the Justice administration has taken steps to get RISE back on...

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WV MetroNews: Long-term flood relief groups say they couldn’t keep waiting on RISE

LEWISBURG, W.Va. — Under ideal conditions, West Virginians who need help with their long-term needs for recovery from the flood two years ago would receive it through RISE West Virginia, managing millions of federal dollars. Local long-term relief organizations would augment that, providing furnishings or other materials to help make a reconstructed house a home. But the situation in West Virginia hasn’t been ideal for quite some time, say leaders of the long-term relief committees in two of the counties that were hardest-hit by the 2016 floods.   Vist WV MetroNews for the full...

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WV MetroNews: Decisions over WV flood relief contract spanned months

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — On Nov. 2, 2016, just a few months after devastating floods hit West Virginia, then-Commerce Secretary Keith Burdette scrawled his name across a memo urging emergency action on an agreement to help manage millions in federal disaster relief dollars. The memo was addressed to David Tincher, who was the state Purchasing director at the time. West Virginia was anticipating approval of federal Community Development Block Grant funds for disaster relief.   Full story can be found...

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