It’s been just over two months since devastating floods in West Virginia killed 23 people and left thousands more homeless. The hardest-hit communities are struggling to rebuild. They could use our help.
A series of catastrophic storms pounded the state on June 23, dumping up to a foot of rain in some areas over a 12-hour period. State streams and rivers rose rapidly, burying communities under several feet of water, debris, and mud. FEMA declared eight counties federal disaster areas. The National Weather Service called it a “one-in-1,000-year event.”
West Virginia AAJ members pitched in to help their communities, spending the days after the floods digging out homes and roads, providing food and shelter for displaced residents, hosting fundraisers for local relief efforts, and even providing legal assistance. But, much more needs to be done, and we can’t forget those who are still fighting to rebuild.
This unprecedented flooding affected hundreds of homes that are not within flood plains, so most homeowners were without flood insurance and have lost everything. Many of those affected were already struggling to provide for their families. They had little to no savings or existing lines of credit that can help them rebuild. Entire neighborhoods were washed away and have been replaced by tent cities—and winter is just months away.
We encourage you to find ways to help West Virginians rebuild, and have included some organizations for you to consider supporting. Be sure to designate each donation for the “June 2016 West Virginia Floods.”
- Mountain Mission’s The HOPE Project (1620 7th Ave., Charleston, WV) is dedicated to helping people in Kanawha County rebuild homes damaged by the floods. You can learn more at mountainmission.com/flood-relief/.
- Save the Children worked in three counties directly affected by the flooding and continues to provide health and early education programs for children across the state. You can learn more at Savethechildren.org.
- The Greater Greenbrier Valley Community Foundation and the Country Roads Recover Project is working with local citizens, business leaders, relief organizations, and government agencies to rebuild communities destroyed by the floods. Please visit countryroadsrf.org to learn more.
- Local community foundations are also accepting donations. The Nicholas County Community Foundation, the Hinton Area Foundation, and the Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation can all use our support.
- You can also support the Red Cross by texting “WV FLOODS” to 90999 to make a $10 donation or donate to the Salvation Army.
- And, please help our furry friends by supporting the Greenbrier Humane Society. Learn more at greenbrierhumane.org.
Thank you for all your support!