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USMH Employee Assists with Flood Relief in WV

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In late June, southern West Virginia experienced almost a foot of rain over 12 hours. Many families’ homes were washed away, businesses were destroyed, and schools were left in disrepair.

According to numerous sources, there was $36 million in road damage, more than 1,000 homes were destroyed or damaged beyond repair, and sadly, 23 people lost their lives in the storm.

Volunteers came out in droves to help with clean up in the Greenbriar, Elk, and Gauley river basin areas. One of the hardest hit towns was Clendenin in Kanawha County on the Elk River. With the 2016-2017 school year fast approaching, Clendenin Elementary School began receiving the help they desperately needed.

USMH’s Senior Maintenance Mechanic, Jim Sexton, and his family were just a few of the people who donated their time to assist with the efforts in the affected areas.

Jim’s wife, Shelly, is a teacher in Hedgesville, West Virginia. She and Hedgesville Elementary School kindergarten teacher, Cindy Welsh, collected books, school supplies and games to take to Clendenin Elementary School. Jim, his family, and a few others helped fill Jim’s truck and made the trek down to Clendenin.

As soon as they arrived, Jim said other volunteers immediately came over to start unloading the boxes. He said he began handing boxes down from his truck and the rest of the volunteers created a human conveyor belt to efficiently get the resources into the school.

USMH is proud of Jim, his family, all of the volunteers, and those who have donated their time, money and items to help our neighbors to the west.

Other states have experienced catastrophic flooding this summer.

To donate to flood relief efforts in West Virginia, Maryland and Louisiana, follow the links below.