CHARLESTON, WV (WCHS/WVAH) — Flood victims in Kanawha County can expect some much needed summer help to arrive as the one-year anniversary of the devastating June floods approaches.
Officials announced at the bimonthly Greater Kanawha Long-term Recovery meeting Thursday that eight to 10 groups from a variety of states are coming in about a month to volunteer at sites in the Elk River area.
In July, the Enact Community Services Group is sending 350 volunteers to identify 80 homes they can help rebuild. Next week, construction is starting on new homes thanks to the cooperation and help of several different agencies.
"For the people who are saying, ‘It's about time,” believe me, the committee that I work with, we think that every single meeting,” said John Ballengee, chairman of the Greater Kanawha Long-term Recovery Committee. “We think, ‘Can we do this quicker, can we do this faster?” So this opportunity is a really good stepping stone to the next part of the recovery,"
With all the rain the area has had recently, cleanup volunteers said flood victims should be extra vigilant and take flash flood warnings and watches very seriously.