West Virginia Flood Recovery
Over the past two years we have dedicated ourselves to help rebuild the community of Rainelle, West Virginia, which was 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 the downtown area. Five people in Rainelle did not survive.
As an organization we have seen the need to serve not only in Rainelle, but numerous other towns and counties that were affected by the flood in 2016. Many of West Virginia’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 long-term recovery.
More than 65 families have already received brand new homes in Rainelle and in the surrounding counties that have been affected by the flood. With the help of government and private funding we are now going to undertake major repairs and new build projects in Clay, Greenbrier, Fayette, Jackson, Kanawha, Lincoln, Monroe, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Summers, Roane, and Webster Counties.
ASP has a seven-person staff on the ground in Greenbrier county working to coordinate volunteers, manage cases, and supervise home repairs and new construction.