CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The Latest on flooding that has devastated parts of West Virginia (all times local):
The owner of The Greenbrier resort says he’s reopening the hotel to the public next week following devastating floods.
Jim Justice said at a news conference Thursday in White Sulphur Springs that the 710-room hotel will open again Tuesday.
Justice says he wants to get hotel employees back to work, saying “we’re not going to heal if you don’t have a job.”
Justice says the resort is “scarred” and “repairing” but promised “we will be back.”
The June 23 floods left 15 people dead in Greenbrier County and 23 statewide. The hotel closed to outside guests on June 24 but took in more than 700 flooded-out residents.
The PGA Tour canceled the Greenbrier Classic golf tournament was scheduled to start Thursday at the resort.
More federal aid is on the way to help West Virginia governments pay for extensive damage done by floods that killed 23 people.
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced in a news release Thursday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved public assistance for agencies in 11 counties.
The counties include Clay, Fayette, Greenbrier, Jackson, Kanawha, Monroe, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Roane, Summers and Webster.
The aid supports governments in debris removal, emergency preparedness, hazard mitigation and the repair, replacement or restoration of flood-damaged, publicly-owned facilities.
Certain nonprofits may qualify.
FEMA already has approved more than $18 million in individual assistance to help people with medical and housing support and other immediate needs.
Individual aid is available in Clay, Fayette, Greenbrier, Jackson, Kanawha, Monroe, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Roane, Summers, Webster and Lincoln counties.