West Virginia Flood Recovery
Thunderstorms carrying torrential rains inundated parts of southern and central West Virginia on June 23, causing widespread flash flooding, landslides, and mudslides in 22 counties over the next several days.
At least 23 people were killed, including two children. An estimated 1,200 homes were damaged or destroyed.
The National Weather Service described the rainfall as a “one in a thousand year” event. President Obama has declared West Virginia a disaster area.
In response, the Alliance Central District is partnering with local Christian relief agencies to provide immediate relief on behalf of families driven from their homes. Focus is on the hard-hit communities of Clendenin and Elkview in Kanawha County, where severe flooding destroyed homes, schools, businesses, and churches.
Phillip Lohmeyer—the Central District’s disaster relief coordinator and a veteran of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)—is leading emergency relief efforts. Phil is a member of CAMA’s Disaster Relief Committee and has been in conversation with Gary Fairchild, CAMA’s director for disaster response.
It will take many months, perhaps years, for these communities to recover. A long-term recovery proposal is being drafted. Financial assistance to cover insurance deductibles and other unmet needs are under consideration for the most vulnerable populations.
You can partner with CAMA, the Central District, and local churches in West Virginia to help with relief and recovery efforts through gifts to the CAMA Disaster Relief Fund.