Tetanus shots are being made available again and debris is quickly being moved out of flooded areas, a little over a week after a torrential downpour caused severe flooding and widespread damage in several communities.
Logan County Emergency Services Deputy Director Sonya Porter, who is also the Logan County Sheriff’s chief deputy, said last night that another round of tetanus shots has been brought in and will be given out today from 5-8 p.m. at the Verdunville Church of God. Porter said an additional 140 shots have been brought in from Charleston and will be given to flood victims and volunteers at the church.
Porter said flood debris removal is moving at a fast pace. She said more than 700 tons of debris have been moved to the landfill, which is located at the old K-City site in Ellis Addition. She said that debris has been picked up by the West Virginia National Guard.
“They’ve made a huge dent in getting that stuff out of here,” she said.
Showers are now available at the church. The showers were brought on site yesterday and were hooked up Thursday and were running late Thursday night. Porter said the showers have hot water and towels are available.
Porter said the church is also still serving hot meals and supplies are being given out at the Appalachian Dream Center at the Verdunville Volunteer Fire Department.
According to Porter, the old West Virginia State Police barracks in Logan will be opened and put back into use for flood operations.
“Everything is going really well,” Porter said. “It’s moving along a lot faster than I’d imagined.”
The flood hit on the morning of March 15 after four inches of rain poured down in an hour. The communities of Mud Fork, Verdunville, Mount Gay and Coal Branch suffered severe flash flooding. More than 1,000 people were affected and nearly 300 homes and businesses were damaged.
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