How May We Help You? Cheryl, Kanawha County
As a result of devastating flooding early this year, Charleston residents Cheryl McGhee and her family lost the only access to their home when swift flood water severely damaged their access bridge. Mrs. McGhee, who is the sole caretaker of her two great grandchildren, was forced into dangerous alternative access routes to and from her home. Each day the family walked narrow foot paths through dense woods just to perform daily living tasks and errands. Mrs. McGhee exhausted several resources, including an application for assistance with FEMA. While her FEMA application was awarded, it only provided $200 toward the total cost of the bridge replacement. In July, David Parks from the City of Charleston, Mayors Office of Economic and Community Development, reached out to my Regional Coordinator, Brian Aluise, to request help for Mrs. McGhee and her family. Brian connected the family to my constituent services team, and my caseworker Amber McCartney immediately contacted Mrs. McGhee to see how we could offer help. Amber assisted Mrs. McGhee in filing a detailed appeal to FEMA for federal disaster assistance. In less than 30 days, the family received notification that FEMA awarded them a grant that would cover the full cost of their access bridge. I am happy to report that Mrs. McGhee and her family dedicated their new access bridge on November 2, 2021, and my office had the opportunity to celebrate with her. I am also happy to report that a local Charleston contractor was awarded the contract to replace the bridge, further supporting our local economy. If you or someone you know is in need of assistance with a state or federal agency, please contact my office at 304-342-5855. My staff and I are always ready to help fellow West Virginians!