Kanawha County, West Virginia (WSAZ) – Kanawha County is undergoing a cleanup for the victims of record flash flooding earlier this week.
Wednesday is the first day of debris cleanup, and the crew will go out to collect items damaged by the flood.
Natasha White, who has lived in Campbell’s Creek for 11 years, said she lost everything.
“At about 4:15 on Monday morning, I was woken up by an emergency alert signal,” she recalls. She said, “She didn’t realize she was being let down. I could hear people yelling, ‘I’m coming home.’ When I opened the door, the front porch was floating. “
Ms White said her daughter, niece and nephew had to act quickly as rainwater quickly hit the house.
“At some point we were afraid we were going to drown,” she said. “We panicked completely and started looking at plans to escape the floodwaters before our homes were flooded.”
The intensity of the flooding took even emergency workers by surprise.
“People are amazed by the amount of water and rain and floods. . “Unfortunately, these disasters are occurring with such frequency and extreme consequences that they require a massive response and work.”
White said the floods were unlike anything she had ever planned, and her biggest concern is that Campbell’s Creek residents are already struggling to get the basics. That’s it.
“My biggest concern right now in our community is the elderly who have been displaced from their homes and don’t have the resources to recover from this,” she said. I lost my car in 2010.Now me and my family need to find a place to live.My main concern is to make sure my neighbors can get the help they need .”
Flood debris collection will be available for residents of Hughes Creek, Kelly’s Creek, Rutledge Road and Campbell’s Creek daily from 8am-3pm through Sunday, August 17th.
Report flooding to the Kanawha County Planning Office by calling 304-357-0570.
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