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Greenbrier County among those named in state of emergency

GREENBRIER COUNTY, W. VA. (WVVA) - Greenbrier County suffered enough damage on Monday to be named in an 18 county state of emergency.

The flooding impacts in the county included road closures and power outages.

The state is pledging to do what they can to help in the clean-up and recovery.

West Virginia Governor Jim Justice said the state of emergency declaration opens the door to let the assistance flow into the areas that were under water.

"We'll be there, we're running to every fire, and we're there and we're going to stay with it and get these people through this," said Governor Justice.

State assistance is welcomed news to local emergency management leaders.

Paula Brown, the Deputy Director of Greenbrier County Homeland Security and Emergency Management, said the damage is far worse than previous flooding impacts.

"We're collecting damage assessment information on private property, business property and municipal and county properties," said Brown.

Those assessments are the key to opening a funding stream to pay for some of the necessary repairs.

"That's why we're gathering the information as far as the damage estimates, locally as well as at a state level so they can asses whether or not they can ask for a disaster declaration federally," said Brown.

The amphitheater and Monroe Avenue in Ronceverte took a big hit from Monday's floods.

Paula Mentz, the City Administrator, said getting a green-light for flood recovery funding would help the city and the affected people who live here.

"It actually gives us some money to repair that, otherwise we might be later on repairing it, and that helps us out, and it helps a lot of people maybe on Monroe Avenue that might sustain damage."

Individuals in Greenbrier County who differed flood damage need to report their losses to the county office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

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