Federal Funds to Hire West Virginia Flood Cleanup Workers

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – About $4 million in federal funding will be used to hire 250 people for cleanup and recovery from last summer’s flooding in West Virginia.

U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins says WorkForce West Virginia will use the funding from the U.S. Labor Department to build on money received from the federal agency last year. It brings the total to $7.5 million for 500 temporary jobs related to the flooding.

The workers will help fix public lands and buildings in 18 counties that saw damage in the June 2016 floods.

The counties are Braxton, Clay, Fayette, Gilmer, Greenbrier, Jackson, Kanawha, Lewis, Lincoln, Monroe, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Randolph, Roane, Summers, Upshur, Wayne and Webster.

The funds come from the Labor Department’s National Dislocated Worker Grant program.