LOGAN, W.Va. — After receiving help during flooding events throughout the years, Logan County has acted in kind by shipping 75 mattresses to flood ravaged areas throughout West Virginia.
At the July 5 meeting of the Logan County Commission (LCC), Logan County Administrator Rocky Adkins explained the county had recently been exploring ways to fulfill needs commonly left unmet after natural disasters.
“When people use all the cleaning supplies and get all the mud out of their houses, they often realize they are left without furniture and don’t even have a place to sleep. People had been sleeping on plastic bags full of clothes,” added Adkins.
Adkins the LCC and Senator Art Kirkendoll contacted the local furniture store McCormick’s and worked out a deal for 75 mattress sets to be special built by a factory in Huntington, W.Va.
McCormick’s and their supplier elected to wave their profits allowing the county to purchase the mattresses at cost.
Last week, mattresses were distributed in Webster Springs, Callum, Camden-on-Gauley and White Sulphur Springs.
Adkins explained, “We made connections with an outreach program that made sure people received [mattresses] needed them.”
President of the LCC Danny Godby recalled his personal experiences with flooding in the area and noted the natural disasters can leave a lasting mark on memories and permanently shape how someone experiences life.
Adkins also explained Logan County Day Report and the probation office sent more than 25 people into Camden-on-Gauley to cook and clean while people waited for mattresses to arrive.
Other business handled by the commission included approving a request from the town of Mitchell Heights for assistance in fixing drainage infrastructure.
Mayor James Motes addressed the commission thanking them for any help they could provide.
The LCC approved $10,000 to fix drainage infrastructure in the area.
The next meeting of the Logan County Commission will be held at 3 p.m. July 18 at the Logan County Courthouse.
Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1729 or by email at [email protected]