People on public assistance who lost food because of storm-driven power failures now have until July 30 to apply for replacement food stamps.

The Department of Health and Human Resources extended the deadline Monday so it can help families on the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program recover.

Anyone who lost food after the late June storms can apply for replacement benefits through local DHHR offices.

The storms that tore across West Virginia on June 29 affected 53 of 55 counties, initially leaving more than 680,000 people without power.

Subsequent storms then knocked out power to those who hadn't lost it the first time and to those who had service restored.

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