Emergency management director says not to demolish damaged homes

Al Whitaker, director of Greenbrier County Homeland Security and Emergency Management (GCSHEM), requests that demolitions of homes or businesses are not conducted. “We understand that this may cause some issues but there are certain requirements that must be followed. Currently, the state and federal agencies are working to develop a program that will ensure that all requirements are met and that all required permits are in place,” he said in a letter.
One of the main requirements will be for asbestos testing, he said. He also said that homeowners need to be aware that no debris from a demolished house or business can be placed out for curbside pickup. The company who has the flood debris contract has been advised to not pick up any demolition debris; it’s not allowed under the current debris contract. Once a comprehensive demolition program has been established, the office of GCHSEM will release that information and all the requirements needed in order to begin the demolition process.
“We appreciate your patience and understanding in the matter and thank you for your cooperation and assistance,” Whitaker said.


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