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Almost Heaven, W.Va.

June 29, 2016
Wetzel Chronicle

This past weekend many of us watched helplessly as our fellow West Virginians to the south were ravaged by flooding.

The floodwaters have subsided, but now residents in Nicholas, Greenbrier, Kanawha, and other counties must begin the heart-wrenching task of surveying the damage to see what they can salvage. Some could very well possess only the clothes on their backs. Gone are basic necessities - food, water, and shelter. Gone are keepsakes, tangible memories such as photographs. Even more devastating, some have lost loved ones.

John Denver's "Country Roads" begins by describing the Mountain State as "Almost Heaven."

With muddy roadways and broken infrastructure, dilapidated buildings and vehicles damaged by floodwaters, outsiders might look at the flood-torn areas of West Virginia and find it to be anything but "heaven" right now.

Yet... all throughout the Mountain State, and definitely on a local level, people have united. Whether it be through donations, volunteerism, or prayer, many have taken action.

We encourage you to do the same.

Our fellow West Virginians have gone through hell, but glimpses of heaven can be found in our spirit of survival, our ability to come together, our determination to persevere.

 
 
 

 

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