1,000-YEAR FLOOD IN WEST VIRGINIA
Matthew 25: Ministries responded to severe flooding that has affected multiple counties in central and southern West Virginia.
Heavy storms swept across West Virginia early on Thursday, June 23 and continued all day, leaving flooded roads impassable and tens of thousands of people without power. A state of emergency was issued for 44 counties, with Greenbrier, Nicholas, Fayette, Kanawha, and Webster the hardest hit. According to the National Weather Service, there is a 1 in 1,000 chance of this type of rainfall happening in any given year. At least 25 deaths were reported as a result of flooding.
Matthew 25: Ministries’ Disaster Response team left for West Virginia on Monday, June 27 with Matthew 25’s full complement of specialized Disaster Relief vehicles. Joined by the Tide Loads of Hope mobile laundry unit, the trucks were loaded with relief supplies including P&G Comforts of Home personal care kits containing items such as Secret deodorant, Crest toothpaste, and Pantene shampoo as well as household cleaning products like Bounty, Mr. Clean, and Dawn. The trucks also distributed Cintas first aid and safety supplies, and additional items such as Pampers diapers and Charmin toilet paper. Matthew 25’s disaster response fleet also includes an ice machine that can produce up to 10,000 pounds of ice a day. In addition to our Disaster Response fleet, we shipped two truckloads of bottled water—more than 90,000 bottles—to the affected area.
“West Virginia is close to home and close to our hearts,” said Matthew 25’s CEO Tim Mettey. “We work actively in West Virginia throughout the year and this response is an extension of our ongoing work. Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of the affected areas during this time of need.”
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