Clay County family worries RISE West Virginia help is still far from reach


    In Clay County, two next-door neighbors, a father and daughter, have two very different stories of recovering from the June 2016 flood. (WCHS/WVAH)<p>{/p}

    The Eyewitness News iTeam continues to follow the progress of the RISE West Virginia flood recovery program.

    In Clay County, two next-door neighbors, a father and daughter, have two very different stories of recovering from the June 2016 flood.

    Four months of waiting to unpack boxes and sit down for a family meal finally is finally coming to an end for Bobby Schoolcraft.

    "It's going to be a lot of pressure off our minds and everything now that we've really got a place we can really lay down and sleep really good,” Schoolcraft said.

    Schoolcraft and his wife finally received the keys to their new home, given to them by RISE West Virginia after their home was damaged in the June 2016 flood and too old to repair.

    "I didn't think we were ever going to get in to be honest with you. We kind of were worried really of what we were going to do there for a while, you know.," Schoolcraft said.

    Many are still in that situation, including Schoolcraft’s daughter who lives just next door. She's been waiting for help from RISE West Virginia while living in her damaged single-wide trailer, with eight children to raise and no running water.

    "She said she was going to put me in a double-wide with two kids and two adults, but here I am,” Jennifer Lively said.

    Lively said each time she talks to a case worker, there is a setback.

    "You don't go promising things to people who are desperate, struggling almost dying from it. You don't promise them nothing. You tell them the God-honest truth, and you treat them like they're human,” Lively said.

    Lively said at this point, even after the change in RISE West Virginia's leadership, she will not believe she is finally getting help until she sees it.

    "Don't talk to me about it, get it done or don't waste my time. It doesn’t matter how long you take, just deliver what you say. That's all I’m asking,” Lively said.

    Schoolcraft can't move into his house right away. He is still waiting for a couple things to be done to the house by RISE West Virginia. He said he is hopeful to see his daughter and others get the help they need as soon as possible.

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