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Healing Southern West Virginia Flooding Causes Sense of Community

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The quick flooding in Southern West Virginia counties on June 24 was devastating. Many homes were destroyed as well as daily lives. There are at least 23 dead.
Greenbrier County got 9 inches of rain in a 24 hour period. There's a 1 in 1,000 chance of that. The Elk View River near the state capitol of Charleston crested at 33 feet. A shopping center, connected to the main road by a bridge, had people stranded when the bridge was washed out.

Also in White Sulphur Springs, the storms severely impacted The Greenbrier, a luxury resort that was scheduled to host the PGA Tour's Greenbrier Classic July 7-10. The Greenbrier was fforced to close for regular business. The PGA canceled the tournament because of heavy damage to the resort's golf course.
However, West Virginian throughout the state as well as others have devoted resources of food, drink, shelter and physical labor to right this tragedy.

The Greenbrier opened its doors to those left homeless with shelter and food. The Salvation Army and the Red Cross immediately moved in to assist.
Cleaning supplies, bottled water, clothing and other needs are being donated and then delivered by volunteers, including legislators, celebrities and volunteers firefighters and other concerned West Virginians.
The state has been responding in all ways that are needed.
To aid in recovery efforts, Wheeling Hospital donated five tons of supplies to help West Virginia flood victims.
“We’re pleased to be able to have purchased these items. Since our founding in 1850, Wheeling Hospital has always helped those in need. It’s simply what we do,” said CEO Ron Violi. “Our hearts and prayers are with those suffering downstate. We hope this donation helps ease their situation.”
The hospital’s donation included: 4,000 bottles of water; 6,000 rolls of paper towels; 960 toilet paper rolls; 15 gallons of beach; 240 bottles shampoo/body wash; 720 toothpaste tubes; 720 toothbrushes; 1,000 packs of Q-tips; 720 razors; 240 bottles of hand sanitizer; 120 packs of wipes; six cases of diapers; 200 boxes of gloves; 1,200 washcloths; 60 blankets; 50 bed sheets; 200 pillow cases; 200 towels; and 40 blankets for small pets.
West Virginia is spread across a large geography but they help there own as neighbors always have.
If you wish to help with the recovery and rebuilding effort, contact Blupela to coordinate your gift.


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