Samaritan’s Purse is responding to the needs of flooded communities in West Virginia
UPDATED: JUNE 26
A storm system tracking across the Midwest surged into West Virginia late Thursday with a downpour of rain unlike any the state had seen in a century.
Governor Earl Ray Tomblin declared a state of emergency for 44 West Virginia counties after more than nine inches of rain in under nine hours created a dangerous deluge. As many as 26 deaths have been reported.
A North American Ministries Disaster Relief program manager, joined by Billy Graham Rapid Response Chaplains, is on the ground now assessing needs throughout areas affected by the deadly flooding.
Our response is based out of Greenbrier County, and volunteers will begin work later this week.
On Saturday President Barack Obama declared three counties to be federal disasters areas: Greenbrier, Nicholas, and Kanawha. More may be added.
Roads, bridges, and homes were swept away as storm waters made creeks swell throughout the Mountain State. Aerial and amateur video caught houses floating—at least one on fire—through the widening waters. Tens of thousands of people are without power. Many areas remain inaccessible so the full extent of damage remains unknown.
Please pray for those who have lost loved ones and for those whose homes have been damaged. Pray also for our staff as they travel to flooded communities.