County flood recovery begins
by MICHAEL BROWNING, Executive Editor
The flood recovery has started and cleanups are being conducted all throughout Logan Countys flood zones.
Office of Emergency Management Deputy Director Sonya Porter said this morning the National Guard is already in Logan County and is helping with the cleanup effort.
They started debris removal yesterday and the National Guard is working this morning at Valley Market, Porter said. FEMA is in doing their damage assessments, and it looks pretty bad, especially in 7&8 Holden, Price Bottom, Madison Creek and other areas all got hit hard.
Porter said the Salvation Army has opened its food bank to flood victims and is giving out emergency food kits and all persons picking those up need to bring a photo ID. Porter also said cleaning supplies, food and water can be picked up from the Appalachian Dream Center in Holden and victims need to bring a photo ID. The supplies have been donated by the Logan County Commission, West Virginia State EOC, Salvation Army, American Red Cross, United Methodist Church and other church organizations. Were doing all the damage assessments now and people are getting their flood debris out of their homes and onto the curbsides so we can see how bad it is, Porter said. Were still trying to get resources like trucks and loaders and once we get all that finished today, well know more about how much longer the cleanup will take.
Porter said anyone needing shelter or cleaning supplies can call the Office of Emergency Management at 304-752-0917.
Logan County Commission President Art Kirkendoll said the countywide cleanup will resume next week in Chapmanville, but in order to keep flood debris and regular garbage separate, the free trash collection is being postponed a week.
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