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Flash Flooding Hits Wetzel County

Hundred, Pine Grove Areas Suffer

July 29, 2017
Wetzel Chronicle

EDIT: 4:22 P.M., JULY 31 -- Update:

- Pastor Jason Sleeth, from Harmony Baptist Church, has set up a special fund at Harmony Baptist Church. Sleeth said the support, after the flood, was overwhelming and "it was very appreciated within the community."

Sleeth said many, many people have lost a lot over the weekend, ranging from personal items, vehicles, businesses, and homes. Total loss is a possibility.

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The "Harmony Baptist Flood Relief" has been set up for those that feel called to give. Any gift would be appreciated.

Those who wish to donate should contact Pastor Jason Sleeth.

- The Hundred High School's football parents have learned that all contents of the field house were a 100 percent loss. The county is paying for a commercial company to come in and handle cleanup, and will be replacing pads and spikes. It is unsure how the refrigerators and coolers are getting replaced.

Clay-Battelle coaches were on scene Sunday morning asking Coach Shane Minor how they could help. The Hornets will use Clay-Battelle's facilities for practice this week. CB is also providing water and feeding the team after each practice.

- Those who receive food stamps could be eligible to have them replaced if they were in the flooding or power outage. There is a form that needs completed. It has to be completed, and to the DHHR, within 10 days of the occurrence. Those in Hundred can complete forms at HHS and they will be faxed to the DHHR.

The forms will be available at 5 p.m. Monday evening, and will be available the rest of the week.

- Those volunteering in the Hundred/Littleton areas are asked to come to HHS and register time spent. This will help document the need financially and physically for additional support from Red CRoss and for the application for FEMA to provide help to all applicants in our area

- Folks in the Pine Grove area received a surprise today when MarkWest showed up with a hot dog stand and offered free hot dogs to folks while they took a break from flood cleanup.

- The Union Bank in Hundred has a Hundred/Littleton Disaster Relief Fund that was set up by the Hundred/Littleton Alumni Association.

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EDIT: 12:36 P.M., JULY 31 -- Update: Wetzel County commissioners met with Sharon Kesselring, Executive Director of the American Red Cross. This is some of the information that was garnered:

- An assessment of the area was completed and shelters were set up at Hundred High school and North Marion High school. HHS is currently housing a family of four.

- ARC is on the ground in all affected areas supplying food and supplies. ERV (emergency response vehicles) passed out supplies door to door in the Pine Grove area yesterday and may move to Hundred and Littleton next.

- The organization has received word that there is help coming from other parts of the US and they will be doing individual assessments soon. This will help with finances and getting the residents in touch with other organizations that they may need assistance from. Sharon will try to update the commission every three days.

- Mark West has supplied a truckload of water to Pine Grove and Dominion has sent a ton of cleaning supplies to the shelter. The ERVS will be passing this supplies out door to door today.

- If anyone is interested in volunteering to assist the ARC, they can start the process by going to Redcrosswv.org.

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EDIT: 6:56 P.M., JULY 30 --

A few pieces of important information:

Important Information

- The Red Cross is set up at HHS at this time to begin the process of registering for aid. Please come by if you lost your home or major items as well as household and clothing items.

The Health Department will be at HHS at 1 p.m. giving Tetanus shots for those who need one. Also the Burton Clinic will accept walk-ins tomorrow for Tetanus shots.

- Due to the flood and HHS being used as a shelter, there is no band or lessons this week.

- The Gabriel Project - Wetzel County Site will be at Hundred High School on Monday, noon to 4 p.m. and Valley High School, noon to 4 p.m. on Tuesday.

There will be diapers, hygiene items, wipes, baby food, formula, and cereal. The Gabriel Project can help any child under the age of 3.

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EDIT: 1:51 P.M., JULY 30 --

MarkWest has brought three truckloads of bottled water to the Pine Grove Byrd Center for those affected by the flash flooding. The company also placed two dumpsters at the Byrd Center so that residents can discard of damaged items.

It was anticipated that cleaning supplies were to be delivered to the Pine Grove Volunteer Fire Department around 1:30 p.m. The delivery vehicle was then going to continue to Jacksonburg, Smithfield, and then Folsom.

We also received word that tetanus shots would be available at the Byrd Center on Tuesday, Aug. 1 at 1 p.m.

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EDIT: 9:21 A.M., JULY 30 --

Local representatives' response:

The Wetzel County Commission released the following statement on the devastating floods:

The county commission has been in contact with the 911/Office of Emergency Services office, and they are coordinating assistance to our residents affected by the flash flooding. We are grateful for the governor's state of emergency declaration which will help address the damages suffered by the victims."

The commission said, "Our efforts will be focused on how we can help our friends and neighbors who went through such a terrible experience."

State Delegate Dave Pethtel noted the following: "This is the worst flooding I have personally witnessed, in Wetzel County, during my lifetime."

Pethtel said he has spoken with the governor's office, with the 911/Office of Emergency Services office, West Virginia Senator Charles Clements, and U.S. Senator Joe Manchin's office, "as we work to coordinate assistance to our residents affected by the flash flooding."

"We are working to get the proper agencies on the ground to help people recover from this terrible experience."

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EDIT: 8:33 A.M., JULY 30 - According to Hundred High School Principal Beth Sigley, the National Guard will be in Hundred and Littleton areas today. They will be in the area around noon. Residents are asked to set all damaged items on the curb, and they will come around to collect. They are not allowed to come onto residents' properties but can pick up items that are on the edge of the road. Residents are asked to be mindful and not set items to where it will hinder vehicles from being able to travel on the road.

Sack lunches and hot meals will be available at HHS all day today. Sigley asked for residents to "please let us know what your needs are and if you need people to come and help clean things out of your house/business." She said there are lots of water available, as well as cleaning supplies.

Residents, if they need anything, are asked to call HHS at 304-775-5221.

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EDIT: 4:44 P.M., JULY 29 --

Folks in Wetzel County woke up Saturday morning to what many residents described as "devastation." A round of flash fooding hit the county. Hundred, Pine Grove, Jacksonburg, Smithfield, and Pricetown were all hit by steady and heavy rains.

These rains came as residents in the town of Hundred were still in the process of cleaning up from flooding that occurred the previous weekend.

A flood warning lasted into the afternoon hours on Saturday, with the National Weather Service citing three inches of rain having already fallen in some areas.

Residents reported to the Wetzel Chronicle in the early morning hours of Saturday, regarding their affected communities. It was noted that the towns of Pricetown and Smithfield were flooded, with water in residents' yards, basements, and garages. Dog kennels and dog houses were washed away as a result of flooding.

Resident John Tedrow said he had to run through a current of water to rescue his dogs.

Joy Kuhn said that Hundred was "under water again," referencing last weekend's flash flooding. Kuhn said residents were in the process of being evacuated at that time.

North Fork Road and Pine Grove were also flooded Saturday morning.

The devastation became more apparent as Saturday wore on.

Wileyville Volunteer Fire Department reported that its neighboring comrades at Hundred Volunteer Fire Department had "lost everything." Bert Anderson of Hundred Volunteer Fire Department confirmed the news, stating that four trucks were lost due to flood waters. Popular photos taken by Mercedez Goff are circulating Facebook, showing flood waters rising around the department's trucks. Another photo shows a volunteer fire fighter wandering through the flood waters, perhaps looking to salvage something, anything.

Councilman Chipper Goff asked Hundred residents to please use water sparingly. He said the town had lost "four good wells last night." He said the town had 10,000 gallons of water in a tank, as 40,000 gallons were lost due to a broken line. Goff asked that residents boil water until further notice.

Councilman Goff, along with the Wetzel County Office of Emergency Management, both stated that officials were working to establish a shelter at Hundred High School.

Likewise, the process of cleanup will be difficult for residents of Pine Grove as well. The town has been struggling with sewage and water system issues and was already under a boil and conserve order after a piece of equipment broke at the water plant last week.

Valley High School in Pine Grove also received flooding.

Governor Jim Justice declared a State of Emergency in several counties, including Wetzel, Saturday morning.

The Wetzel County Commission released the following statement on the devastating floods:

The county commission has been in contact with the 911/Office of Emergency Services office, and they are coordinating assistance to our residents affected by the flash flooding. We are grateful for the governor's state of emergency declaration which will help address the damages suffered by the victims."

The commission said, "Our efforts will be focused on how we can help our friends and neighbors who went through such a terrible experience."

State Delegate Dave Pethtel noted the following: "This is the worst flooding I have personally witnessed, in Wetzel County, during my lifetime."

Pethtel said he has spoken with the governor's office, with the 911/Office of Emergency Services office, West Virginia Senator Charles Clements, and U.S. Senator Joe Manchin's office, "as we work to coordinate assistance to our residents affected by the flash flooding."

"We are working to get the proper agencies on the ground to help people recover from this terrible experience."

And Wetzel Countians have not been remiss in reaching out to help those affected by the rising waters. Several drop-off points have been established for donations. They are as follows:

Donations can be dropped off at New Martinsville Volunteer Fire Department's Steelton station from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow. Please do not bring food.

Wetzel County Schools and the Wetzel County Education Association are working together to collect supplies for those affected by the flooding in our county. Supplies may be donated beginning Monday at New Martinsville School, Paden City Elementary, and Short Line School. Items needed include water, brooms, mops, shovels, squeegees, gloves, and cleaning supplies. Donated items will be collected for delivery on Tuesday and Friday

The Wetzel County Museum will be collecting supplies for flood relief. Some of the supplies needed are buckets, mops, bleach, gloves, fans, non-perishable food items, hand can openers, bottled water, trash bags, Lysol, scrub brushes, sponges, tarps, general cleaning supplies such as paper towels and cloths. The museum will have special hours July 30, 1-5 p.m. and then normal hours Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Those who wish to donate at a different time can call the museum.

New Martinsville businesses Paw Spa and Anytime Fitness are also collecting donations. Anytime Fitness members can drop-off supplies at anytime. Non-members can drop off supplies at staffed hours, Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Paden City Volunteer Fire Company Auxiliary will be collecting supplies Sunday, July 30 through Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. The collection center will be at the PCVFD on Main Street in Paden City. Supplies are listed as bleach, water, mops, brooms, paper towels, cleaning supplies, and pet food. Clothing is not accepted. Those with questions about this donation drive are asked to contact Jana Turner at 304-337-2326.

Tyler County residents are also reaching out to help their neighbors. Holler Sisters Crafts and Chelsi Parr (Parr's Crafts) will be collecting items during the fair this coming week. Items can be brought to the craft barn starting Monday, July 31. Supplies listed are bleach, water, mops, brooms, paper towels, cleaning supplies, pet food. It is asked that you do not bring clothing.

Brooke Lemasters, of Bombshell Hair Studio in Sistersville, said she is collecting donations for her hometown of Hundred. Lemasters aid she is hosting a drive for cleaning supplies. She said she will deliver supplies as donations add up. "Anyone who donates will be entered to win a free cut! Our community, here in the Ohio Valley, is such a loving and giving one. Let's help our neighbors!" Lemasters recommended bleach, cleaners, gloves, mops, drinking water, granola bars, or easy and filling snacks for people to grab.".

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11:05 a.m., July 29 --

It has been confirmed that Hundred Volunteer Fire Department has suffered devastating losses due to flash flooding, including four trucks and equipment.

Governor Jim Justice has declared a state of emergency for several area counties, including Wetzel.

Donations toward flood relief can be dropped off at New Martinsville Volunteer Fire Department in Steelton today until 4 p.m. and tomorrow from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

The Office of Emergency Management is looking into shelter locations in Hundred. We will provide specifics when available.

Valley High School also received flooding.

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6:30 a.m., July 29 -- Folks in Wetzel County are waking up to what many residents describe as "devastation," as another round of flash flooding has hit the county. Hundred, Pine Grove, Jacksonburg, Smithfield, and Pricetown were all hit by steady and heavy rains.

A flood warning remains in effect for many areas until 8:30 a.m. with the National Weather Service citing 3 inches of rain having already fallen in some areas.

Residents reported to the Wetzel Chronicle regarding their affected communities. It was noted that Pricetown and Smithfield are flooded, with water in residents' yards, basements, and garages. Dog kennels and dog houses were washed away as a result of flooding.

John Tedrow reported that he had run through a current of water to rescue his dogs.

Joy Kuhn said Hundred is "under water again," referencing last weekend's flash flooding that residents suffered. Kuhn said residents were being evacuated.

North Fork Road and Pine Grove are also flooded, as of Saturday morning.

The Wetzel Chronicle will update this breaking story as information becomes available. Readers can submit damage reports, rainfall totals, and photos to us via e-mail at editor@wetzelchronicle.com, or message us at our Facebook page "Wetzel Chronicle."

Most importantly, stay safe.

 
 
 

 

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