June 30, 2015

Manchin and Capito Announce Funding to Help Clean-Up Storm and Flooding Damages

Funding for WorkForce West Virginia will support 200 new temporary jobs

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today announced that WorkForce West Virginia will receive federal funding from the U.S. Department of Labor to support about 200 temporary jobs for eligible dislocated workers to assist with recovery and clean-up efforts as a result of recent severe storms and flooding across the state. This National Emergency Grant has been approved for up to $2 million, with $670,000 to be released initially.

“I am pleased to announce that the Department of Labor will be able to provide some assistance to West Virginians who have experienced so much devastation from the severe weather that has hit our state recently,” Senator Manchin said. "This aid will be put to good use rebuilding our communities, while also creating around 200 new temporary jobs. I am confident that the resilient spirit of our friends and neighbors will have these communities up and running again.”

“West Virginia has a long standing tradition of helping our friends and neighbors during tough times, and this funding will be a big help to our communities in need. I am glad the Department of Labor has awarded this funding to WorkForce West Virginia to spur job creation and the recovery of our communities that were harmed by recent severe weather,” said Senator Capito.

Temporary employees, specifically, will assist with clean-up, demolition, repair, renovation and reconstruction of destroyed public structures, facilities and lands within the affected communities, as well as for the delivery of humanitarian aid and safety assistance, as needed.