W. Va. Districts Still Without Water After Flooding

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – Residents in some southern West Virginia public service districts are still without water more than two weeks after severe flooding.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that the Kanawha Falls Public Service District, the utility service that provides water to Gauley Bridge, has been able to restore service to the main part of town, but a dozen homes and four businesses are without water because they are separated by the Gauley River.

Many public service districts were already cash-strapped from a shrinking customer base before last month’s floods.

West Virginia Rural Water Association Executive Director Amy Swann says customers can expect rate increases to occur to help pay for the costs of restoring water. FEMA’s public assistance program can help, but the reimbursement program covers only 75 percent of the cost.