CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Only a handful of government agencies and even fewer individual families in Kanawha County reported damages from superstorm Sandy, officials said Friday.
County representatives met with Peg Kemler, project specialist for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, to learn more about claiming any storm-related damages and expenses that towns, fire departments and other agencies in the county accrued from Oct. 29 to Nov. 8.
Kemler said FEMA would reimburse agencies for expenses related to snow removal, debris cleanup, overtime pay for employees and structural damage.
Many agencies, however, did not have a lot to report, said C.W. Sigman, Kanawha County's fire coordinator and deputy emergency manager.
No agencies present during Friday's meeting reported damage to government buildings and no fire department representatives attended.
Most agencies would only have claimed the use of generators during the snowstorm that resulted from what was initially Hurricane Sandy, he said.
St. Albans Mayor Dick Callaway said he's claiming the use of several generators that were used to power water and sewage utilities and the Hansford Senior Center.
FEMA does not reimburse the cost of fuel, but pays out a usage rate based on the generator's kilowatt voltage, Kemler said.