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Governor, First Lady meet with storm victims

By Staff | Jul 6, 2012

Photo Courtesy of Gov. Tomblin's Office In New Martinsville yesterday, Gov. Tomblin continues to work with Wetzel County Office of Emergency Services leaders, emergency management personnel and National Guard soldiers. Gov. Tomblin has been leading recovery and cleanup efforts, travelling across the state every day since Friday evening's severe storms. He has spent the past six days meeting with local first responders and surveying the damage firsthand.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin continued travelling throughout the state today meeting with storm victims and local leaders regarding recovery efforts. Gov. Tomblin saw the latest storm recovery progress firsthand in Wetzel, Marion, Gilmer, Nicholas and Kanawha Counties while First Lady Tomblin travelled to Braxton and Fayette Counties.

“We are seeing progress throughout West Virginia, but there is more work to be done as new storms present new challenges,” said Gov. Tomblin. “Today’s lightning strike at Kanawha County’s Emergency Operations Center damaged the facility but not the functionality of the 911 system.”

“It never ceases to amaze me-the resilience of West Virginians,” said First Lady Tomblin. “This week I have seen firsthand how groups and organizations come together, not only to help each other but to help their communities as a whole under the most difficult of circumstances.”

Truckloads of ice and water continue to be distributed throughout the state. 600 National Guard soldiers performed health and wellness assessments, and delivered food, ice and water. 25 FEMA workers assisted individuals in communities across the state. Power crews restored electricity to more homes and businesses, decreasing the number of outages in the state to 247,000.