CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – The Federal Emergency Management Agency is giving West Virginia $52 million to rebuild a school destroyed during deadly flooding in 2016.

U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito announced the sum for Herbert Hoover High School in Elkview on Friday.

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The school was torn down last year. Its students have been in temporary classrooms at a nearby middle school amid delays on reconstruction.

Capito says the process of building the new school has been painstaking but called the FEMA payment a “light at the end of the tunnel.”

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The senators’ news release didn’t include a construction timeline for the new school.

Twenty-three people died and hundreds of buildings were damaged or destroyed after powerful thunderstorms caused widespread flooding throughout the region in June 2016.

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