West Virginia Faces Devastating floods

By , May 15, 2009

On Friday, May 8, 2009 five and one half inches of rain fell within a six hour time frame. The hard and fast downpour created devastating flooding in a small but populated area of southern West Virginia. Mingo County suffered the most damage with more than 10,000 people being affected and more than 2,000 homes either destroyed or severely damaged.

As soon as the flooding became know, Operation Compassion began to respond to the region. Our disaster network swung into action as God’s Pit Crew responded with a semi truck of bottled water and another semi of equipment for clearing debris. Troy Duggan and Bridge of Hope also responded with FEMA food and meals ready to eat (MRE’s).

Leading the way into this disaster was Mike Hartwell, director of the Appalachian Dream Center in Holden, WV. Hartwell has coordinated this relief effort by being on site and positioning each team for maximum effort and response. ADC also delivered a truck full of supplies including diapers, Blankets, pillows, sheets, food and drinks. In addition, the American Bible Society has made Bibles available for the relief effort.

The flood waters were so powerful that Johnny Hager reported that 23 bridges floated by his house and two 2,000 gallon fuel tanks loaded with fuel. Mud is everywhere, in every home and business, mud as deep as five and six inches. So, now, the clean up begins. Scraping and sweeping the muddy water and removing the trees and pieces of your neighbor’s house; separating the trash from the good and what is a total loss and what can be salvaged. “Every time it floods in this valley it gets worse. There is just no end to it,” according to a flood victim stated.

Anyone interested in supporting financially, donating products or providing a corporate lead may contact:

Operation Compassion
David Lorency, President
Tim Burdashaw, Int’l. Operations Coordinator
Lisa Boen, Int’l. Logistics Coordinator

114 Stuart Road, NE Suite 370
Cleveland, TN 37312
423.728.3932 Office
423.728.3958 Fax

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