W.Va. officials: sign up for post-storm help

CHARLESTON (AP) — Kanawha County officials say only a few residents are signing up for federal assistance following a June 29 storm.

County Manager Jennifer Sayre tells the Charleston Gazette officials believe many more people should be signing up based on damages to area homes during the storm.

One week ago, President Barack Obama declared a state of emergency for West Virginia. That allows local governments and residents to seek aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Local officials need to know how bad the home damage is to inform FEMA officials.

Sayre said residents should take photographs of their damage to show FEMA officials when they arrive.

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