Greenbrier County WV Flood relief
Organized by: GreenBrier County
26 people lost their lives, and hundreds if not thousands, lost their homes in the June 23 flooding which gained barely a moment’s attention in the national news. The area looked like a war zone. Everywhere we turned, there were piles of filth caked possessions by the side of the road. Many homes are being condemned by FEMA and those that can be salvaged are going to have to be gutted. I drove all over the area with another neighbor of ours delivering packaged meals and cases of bottled water. We had to go to Rainelle to bring papers that had to be signed that day in order to get grant money. We could not even drive into town. The National Guard was there with huge front-end loaders and massive dump trucks scooping up debris. It looked like a war zone. Some of the buildings looked “bombed-out” from the explosive surges of water. We got out of the care and wended our way through rubble and filth drenched stinking piles of possessions and store inventories—and finally made it to our goal. It was surreal. Rainelle was using every ounce of strength it had to survive the preflood conditions. So if you are willing and able to help, there are two places that we know of first hand that will be putting resources to good use to help flood victims –- Wellspring in Rainelle and St. Vincent De Paul at St. Charles. We will be helping because we know that Fred, Scarlett, Father Chapin and Father Jim will be Good Samaritans not only to those who need help now but also to those who will need help when the disaster response community moves on. All the money raised will be given to these individuals who will supply resources for individuals to build back the small community.