Appalachian Dream Center Assist Flood Victims

By , May 10, 2002
The floodwall at Harvey Street in downtown Williamson was tested by the raging flood waters on Friday afternoon. The waters crested at 11:40 a.m.

The floodwall at Harvey Street in downtown Williamson was tested by the raging flood waters on Friday afternoon. The waters crested at 11:40 a.m.

Immediately following news of the disastrous flooding in West Virginia, Michael Hartwell, Director of Appalachian Dream Center mobilized his resources to assist the victims. The MacArthur and Delbarton Churches of God partnered with the Dream Center in loading and delivering the necessary supplies to the flood stricken areas of southwestern West Virginia.

By Friday morning, the communities of Bradshaw, Isaban, laegaer, Welch, Atwell, War Northfork, Capels, Keystone, Matewan and Williamson were receiving truck after truck of cleaning supplies, bottled water, food and clothing. Many families in these areas escaped the floodwaters with only the clothes on their backs.

Williamson Water Treatment Plant halfway underwater.

Williamson Water Treatment Plant halfway underwater.

Many homes and mobile homes were lifted off their foundations and washed down stream in total destruction. Cars, trucks and other personal items were washed away and destroyed. While the destruction of personal property was devastating, human loss was even greater. A mother and child were swept away by the floodwaters and were found drowned dowam. Six others have lost their lives in the flood and ten are still missing.

Behind Food City at Goody Kentucky, entrance to the Southside Mall was cover with water.

Behind Food City at Goody Kentucky, entrance to the Southside Mall was cover with water.

Atwell, Bradshaw, Capels and laegaer Churches of God were severely damaged or destroyed without insurance to cover any loss. Air conditioning and heating units were washed out, furnishings were a total loss, sheetrock, carpeting and flooring will all need to be replaced as a result of the flooding. Kitchen equipment, musical instruments and many other church related items were all destroyed or severely damaged. In fact, the Bradshaw Church of God had four feet of water standing in it.

Workers at South Williamson Wal-Mart used bags of mulch, bark and potting soil to make a dike to keep water from entering the parking lot Friday.

Workers at South Williamson Wal-Mart used bags of mulch, bark and potting soil to make a dike to keep water from entering the parking lot Friday.

Reverend Lloyd Griffith, a retired Church of God minister, lost his home of 45 years including everything he owned. Reverend Griffith literally escaped with the clothes on his back.

With so many suffer such loss, Operation Compassion has pledged to do everything possible to bring assistance to the communities of southwest West Virginia. Next week, twelve semis will be delivering all the needed supplies from bottled water to building supplies, food, clothes, shovels and buckets.

West Virginia Floods Again!

West Virginia Floods Again!

At a time like this, many people away from the disaster feel helpless. Yet, there is an innate desire to do something. Help by participating in the clean up effort by donating the shipping cost of $1,000 for each semi delivered to the flood stricken area of West Virginia.

Tim Burdashaw
Communications Coordinator

Anyone interested in donating finances or products or providing a corporate lead may contact:

Operation Compassion
David Lorency, President

114 Stuart Road, NE
Suite 370
Cleveland, TN 37312
423.728.3932 – Office
423.596.4200 – Fax

Photo Credit: Williamson Daily New

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