Gilmer Free Press
Governor and First Lady Tomblin Travelled to Area Counties
Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin continued travelling throughout the state on Thursday, July 05, 2012 meeting with storm victims and local leaders regarding recovery efforts.
In Glenville, Governor Tomblin continues to work with Gilmer County Office of Emergency Services leaders,
emergency management personnel and National Guard soldiers.
Governor 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.
Governor 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 Governor Tomblin.
At the Mountaineer Food Bank, in Gassaway, Braxton County, First Lady Tomblin thanks
volunteers and National Guard soldiers for their hard work during the storm recovery process.
The food bank is shipping much needed food to pantries located throughout West Virginia.
First Lady Tomblin also met with families and seniors affected by the storms in Braxton County.
“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 Gilmer County, the Area, and 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.