(07/17/2012)
FEMA is surveying damage to homes in 13 West Virginia counties, including Calhoun, to help determine whether Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin will request a federal disaster declaration from the June 29 wind storm.

Federal Emergency Management Agency spokesman Frank Blake says individual assessments began Monday in Calhoun, Fayette, Gilmer, Jackson, Kanawha, Nicholas, Pleasants, Roane, Ritchie, Tyler, Wetzel, Wirt and Wood counties.

Blake says assessment teams are being assisted by Office of Emergency Services directors in the counties.

In Calhoun, it is Kathy Wood, OES/911 Director.

Blake says once compiled, data will be given to Tomblin, who will determine whether a presidential disaster declaration will be requested.

At the height of the outages, 680,000 customers in the state were without power, many for more than a week, and thousands without phone service. Preliminary damage assessments were conducted last week for roads, bridges and public facilities.


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