FEMA RETURNS FEMA Assessing Damage Caused By Superstorm Sandy
Reported by: Jeff Morris
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Nov. 2, 2012 9:16 AM EDT
Updated: Nov. 2, 2012 10:03 AM EDT
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, Kanawha County
, West Virginia
With the huge storm that affected West Virginia, FEMA is back in town assessing the damage.
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin requested a major federal disaster declaration Friday, seeking public and individual assistance for the hardest hit areas of the state.
Right now, FEMA is operating under an emergency declaration. The agency already has brought in about 30 semis worth of supplies, including generators, ready-to-eat meals and toddler kit packages. The supplies will be distributed by the National Guard in Martinsburg and Charleston.
FEMA officials say it’s unique that they are back in the state again this year.
"We were here just a few months ago in 90 to 100 degree temperatures, with the same sort of thing, mainly power outages, roads blocked and that sort of thing,” Frank Blake, spokesman for the agency, said. “So it's rather unique to have that sort of disaster in July and something really similar in October with the same results but in extremely different weather conditions.
Tomblin and Sen. Joe Manchin toured some of the hardest hit areas. On Thursday, they visited Barbour, Randolph, Tucker and Upshur counties.