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FEMA Assessing Damage From Sandy In Randolph County

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Power is slowly coming back to Randolph County, but for many the damage is done, and they're hoping for help as they recover.

The furor around the election may have died down, but Randolph County is still trying to dig its way out of the damage done by Hurricane Sandy. Governor Earl Ray Tomblin is hoping to get help from Washington for the recovery efforts, and assessors from the Federal Emergency Management Agency were on the ground to determine what can be provided.

"We meet with local officials and they bring us out to show us the damages in the areas and we just are gathering information to take back to the state to be able to put in a report and explain what the need is," said Kim Peacher, who is part of the damage assessment crews sent out by FEMA.

And FEMA isn't the only organization with boots on the ground. Businesses were damaged in the storm, and the Small Business Administration has people inspecting damage as well.

"They come out and they take a look at the businesses and the homes that have been damaged. We look at economic injury for the businesses who lost possible monies for their companies while the power was out or if they sustained damages," said Peacher.

Randolph County Commissioner Mike Taylor was also out with the crews, and he said even those who were ready for the storm are still taking a big hit.

"A lot of people prepared themselves, they got generators, but you take an average $35-40 a day to keep fuel in them, they groceries they're lost out of their refrigerator, they've had to go to the store, they've had to eat out at restaurants. That adds up after a little bit of time," said Taylor.

Peacher said it's important that anyone who still needs help recovering contact their county office of emergency management to make their needs known. FEMA officials will take all the information they collect to determine what kind of aid can be provided.

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