WVCA extends contract work in flooded regions
The West Virginia Conservation Agency (WVCA) has extended contracts for flood relief work in several affected counties.
Contracts for Holden-based Prime Contracting in the Elk Conservation District (ECD) and for Lewisburg-based LD Hanna and Son in the Greenbrier Valley Conservation District (GVCD) will be extended through Aug. 22. ECD encompasses Clay, Nicholas and Webster counties. GVCD encompasses Greenbrier, Monroe and Pocahontas counties.
To date, this contract work has exceeded $600,000.
Contracts in Kanawha County are being handled by the Kanawha County Commission. The WVCA is providing technical support and oversight.
Contractors are working fulltime to stabilize stream banks and to clear massive amounts of flood debris from stream beds. Along Kanawha County’s Jordan Creek, for example, 880 loads of debris have been removed.
The additional work is in response to Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s extension of the State of Emergency through 5 p.m. Aug. 22.
West Virginians needing assistance or wishing to help those affected by flooding are encouraged to visit www.wvflood.com, West Virginia’s official source of information on flood recovery and volunteer efforts.
To report a stream blockage related to the flooding, call 1-866-UC-FLOOD (823-5663)
Flood Cleanup Continues; Greenbrier Channel Restoration Planned
The West Virginia Conservation Agency, with its federal, state and local partners, is continuing efforts to clear and stabilize streams in flood-devastated areas of the state.
Over the next four weeks, excavating contractors LD Hanna and Son will clear streams in affected areas of Greenbrier County. The firm is based in Lewisburg. WVCA technicians will oversee the work and provide technical assistance.
Of particular concern in Greenbrier County is Howard’s Creek, a stream that runs through the heart of White Sulphur Springs and was improved and stabilized in the late 1980s to better handle stormwater. The WVCA and Greenbrier Valley Conservation District are currently conducting the first phase of streamside cleanup of the channel. In addition, WVCA and GBVCD will restore the channel to its original condition as part of the second phase of flood recovery. The project is expected to take about 200 days.
WVCA Executive Director Brian Farkas said cleanup will take time, but emphasized that the WVCA is putting all available resources to the task. (Please click here to view full Press Release).