CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Latest on flooding that has devastated parts of West Virginia (all times local):
About 18,000 customers remain without electricity in West Virginia three days after devastating floods.
Appalachian Power says on its website that nearly 13,000 customers were without service Sunday, including nearly 4,700 in Kanawha County where a substation had been under water. Crews are now in the process of installing a mobile transformer. Restoration work also is ongoing at flooded substations serving customers in Clay, Greenbrier and Summers counties.
The utility says it expects service to be restored by Monday night.
FirstEnergy Corp. says about 5,100 of its customers remained without electricity Sunday, including about 2,900 in Greenbrier County and 1,200 in Pocahontas County.
Officials are urging people to stay out of a flood-ravaged West Virginia town unless they are emergency responders or they live there.
Kanawha County Deputy Emergency Manager C.W. Sigman says the added traffic in the town of Clendenin can slow down emergency operations. Sigman says a lot of sightseers were in Clendenin yesterday.
Sigman says there’s one last local rescue team surveying parts of the county to make sure no one has been overlooked. Otherwise, he says the focus has shifted to helping communities recover, including getting water service back to some areas and removing debris.
Of the 24 flood deaths statewide, six were in Kanawha County.
Flood victims in three of West Virginia’s hardest hit counties can now start applying for federal assistance.
Sunday marks the start of applications for Federal Emergency Management Agency aid for Greenbrier, Kanawha and Nicholas counties. President Barack Obama signed a major disaster declaration Saturday that triggers federal money to help out individuals.
The declaration provides people in those three counties with individual assistance for emergency medical support, housing and a number of other immediate needs. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin says the state will apply for aid in other counties as well.
Those affected can apply for aid online or by phone.
To apply: https://www.disasterassistance.gov/ or 1-800-621-FEMA.
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