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FEMA assessing damage in WV counties following Superstorm Sandy

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In response to Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's request on Thursday, Nov. 1 for federal disaster assistance, federal, state and local officials are compiling information on infrastructure damages in 21 West Virginia counties.

The teams hope to file their report with the governor at close of business on Tuesday, Nov. 6, according to officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Tomblin also requested assessments on damages to homes and businesses in six counties: Fayette, Nicholas, Preston, Randolph, Tucker and Webster. FEMA said this phase of what is called "Individual Assistance" assessments will begin Wednesday, Nov. 7.

More information is available at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by phone at 800-621-3362 (800-621-FEMA).

Tomblin's office said Monday that more than 30 shelters remain open in 18 counties affected by Superstorm Sandy.

About 600 members of the West Virginia National Guard remain on active duty to help with storm relief, including cleanup, road clearing and helping residents. The Guard also deployed specialized tents with generators to several polling places that don't have power on Monday

The American Red Cross and the Southern Baptist Convention provided hot meals from kitchen sites in Mt. Nebo and Buckhannon. They also sent emergency response vehicles with food and water to communities in Barbour, Boone, Braxton, Logan, Nicholas, Randolph, Tucker, Upshur and Webster counties.

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