Rebuilding Rainelle is Appalachia Service Project’s long term recovery effort to help rebuild the community of Rainelle, West Virginia, the epicenter of June 2016’s deadly flood. The flood—one of the worst in state history—destroyed over 1,000 homes statewide and 23 people lost their lives. Rainelle was devastated, including 90% of the homes near thedowntown area. Five people in Rainelle did not survive.
Many of Rainelle’s low-income homeowners are unable to rebuild their homes because they have no insurance, are unable to qualify for emergency loans and have few personal resources. These families are the focus of ASP’s longer term recovery efforts through Rebuilding Rainelle.
ASP has committed to building 76 new homes as part of our long-term recovery efforts in Rainelle, West Virginia. Thirty-three (33) families have already received brand new homes. Another 20 homes are under construction, with an additional 23 homes planned.
ASP has an eight-person staff on the ground in the area working to coordinate volunteers, manage cases, and supervise home repairs and new construction.