The Salvation Army Responds to West Virginia Flooding

March 17, 2012
Christopher Priest | chris_priest@uss.salvationarmy.org | (404) 728-6704

Logan, WV (March 17, 2012) – Three inches of rain in two hours caused extensive flash flooding in this southwestern West Virginia town on Thursday, March 15.  Salvation Army Corps Officers in Logan, Lieutenants Gary and Denise Stewart are working with the local emergency management center to respond to the disaster.

“Nearly 200 homes have been affected, in addition to businesses and churches,” said Lt. Gary Stewart.  “The flooding is very localized, but this has made it difficult for emergency personnel to reach the area.”  Stewart added, “We really feel for these folks!  This area has experienced flooding every year since we began our service here in 2009.”

The Salvation Army has been able to provide 350 cleaning kits that are being distributed in the affected area, the National Guard and other emergency personnel.  Also, because of a relationship established in a previous flood emergency, Lt. Stewart was able to facilitate the delivery of a tractor trailer of frozen food, canned goods, and cleaning supplies by the Huntington, West Virginia, Area Food Bank.  As they have opportunity, the Stewarts are also providing spiritual and emotional support.

Financial donations are needed to support disaster relief efforts.  The Salvation Army asks those who want to help to donate on this website or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY.  Donors may text “GIVE” to 80888.  Checks may be made out to The Salvation Army Disaster Relief, P.O. Box 100339, Atlanta, GA 30384-0339.  Monetary donations will ensure The Salvation Army can meet the most immediate needs of those impacted by disaster.
 

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