Manchin and Rockefeller said the state's resources were pressed to the extreme.
"Our responders also were overwhelmed by dozens of roads that required debris removal, the need for reconnaissance flights to identify downed power lines and substations damaged by fallen trees, and by the urgent requirement to reach individuals across the state who were isolated and in need of such basics as food, water, medicines and shelter," Manchin said.
West Virginia has borne the brunt of several natural disasters this year, including major floods and tornadoes in the spring and the June 29 derecho.
In fact, the state has had more declared major disasters or emergencies than any other state in the past year.
"These disasters caused incalculable financial, emotional and physical harm to individuals and businesses throughout the state but especially impacted the southern coalfields and other mountainous areas where the natural landscape leaves the residents vulnerable to flooding, snow storms and other disasters," Rockefeller said.
Rockefeller said West Virginians persevered through the storm, and he said Congress should honor that resolve by giving the state everything it needed to recover.
"West Virginians need support, as do so many others, which is why the Administration and Congress must make sure that a disaster relief package fully takes into account every impacted state's unique recovery needs," he said.
Manchin asked that the president's next budget include enough funds to help those affected by Sandy rebuild their homes and to get businesses and communities back to normal.
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is expected to submit a formal report detailing its disaster recovery funding needs to the White House Office of Management and Budget within the next week. State officials have yet to indicate how much they will seek in disaster funds.
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