MANNINGTON, MARION COUNTY, WV (WBOY) – Now just a few days after the devastating flooding across our region, the cleanup continues and residents are taking stock in what they have after the waters have receded.
“Well, thank the lord they community and, it kinda chokes me up… The community and all of the other surrounding counties, we’ve been blessed with so much help”, says Jerry Reel, owner of Baby B’s BBQ in Mannington.
Senator Joe Manchin returned to his home today in Farmington as well as visiting Mannington and he says “I remember growing up, this is my home place, I grew up here, and we used to have floods here but nothing like this. Mannington was our big town, we got to go swimming there, go to the fair there and all the things and those flooded memories coming back such wonderful childhood memories.”
And now residents are digging through those memories after most of the town was underwater on Saturday morning and the damage left behind is being assessed.
Chris Mcintire, Director, Marion County Homeland Security and Emergency says “We have ten damage assessments in the county, they’re traveling door to door to see how much damage the homes get, have gotten since the flooding, we’re trying to get that report back to Charleston where they can determine if we have enough damage to get a federal disaster declaration. We have the guard teams today starting at 8:00, working to haul the debris to our site at the old Idamay landfill.”
And a disaster declaration is not the only thing county and state officials are working towards right now, as emergency responders are concerned about vital services in those affected areas.
“First of all the little communities, the infrastructure which is the water and sewerage that those are working, pump stations are working, how many roads got washed out, bridges. Next of all how we can help some of the people who didn’t have flood insurance, that didn’t have no way to get any type of recovery or assistance”, says Senator Manchin.
The damage you see here is just a small portion of what the residents of Mannington have been dealing with since Saturday’s devastating floods, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency or FEMA is going to be in Marion County surveying the damage as we go from Tuesday and into Wednesday.