Hundred Takes Action In Flooded Structure Project
By MADDISEN EIDEL
As part of the 2017 Flooded Structure Project, work began on August 15 on tearing down unusable structures within the town of Hundred.
It was explained that this project was started in November of 2017 as a result of the terrible flooding in the town in that year, which ruined several buildings and rendered them unserviceable.
Hundred Mayor Charles “Chip” Goff Jr. described this project as “very important” and said that it required a large amount of hard work and cooperation.
The importance of the project was due to three major concerns that Mayor Goff shared with other community members. One concern stemmed from the fact that the structures had become unstable and possibly dangerous to residents, which in turn could cause injuries.
Another concern, Mayor Goff expressed, was that people would break in and use the structures for illegal activities such as a drug or party house.
“We wanted to make sure no one gets injured or uses these structures for illegal activity.” Hundred Mayor explained. He also added, “We want to be able to clean our town up and make it safe, clean, and attractive.”
As such, the structures that were damaged beyond repair as a direct result of the 2017 flood needed torn down. In order to carry this project out, cooperation as well as funds were required.
Cooperation was needed primarily from the property owners of the ruined homes, as well as others involved in the project. In regards to this, the mayor explained, “The property owners were cooperative as this has been long process in which we had to dot all of the (i’s) and cross all the (t’s).”
The town also reportedly worked with Tim Haught, Taylor Potts – legal counsel – and Wetzel County commissioners Larry Lemon, Lisa Heasley, and Greg Morris on this project. Of the commissioners, Chip said, “They really step up for our county and communities in time of need.”
Mayor Goff added that The Community Foundation of the Upper Ohio Valley and United Way along with The Hundred Littleton Long Term Recovery Group (HLLTRG) were able to assist with funding in addition to the funds provided by the Wetzel County Commission.
“Sherri Schafer and Jessica Rine, who represent The Community Foundations of the Upper Ohio Valley and United Way, were blessings.” Chip said, explaining that Schafer was present in Hundred on multiple occasions in order to offer assistance following the flood.
As a result of those mentioned above, the construction of demolition was able to begin on the eight structures scheduled to be torn down. The demolition is reportedly being overseen by Empire Builders out of Parkersburg. It was said that they were the lowest bidder, and as such were awarded the project.
In regards to the start of work, Hundred Mayor said, “If these building were to remain up, we felt this could be the start of the collapse of community…We were very blessed to have been helped by so many. I can’t thank the officers of HLLTRG enough for organizing and working hard for our community. They all are a great group of local people with big hearts. We thank the property owners for all their time getting required testing and deed searches done. There was a lot of paper work involved with this project – long hour days, lots of meetings, lots of questions, but here in just a few weeks all the hard work will have paid off…we are underway and excited.”
Mayor Chip also added that the town was “blessed” that no one passed away during the 2017 flood, and expressed that it might have even been a “blessing in disguise.”
“Several businesses got a new start, and many homes are nicer now than before the flood. It really brought our community together…We couldn’t even begin to thank everyone that had a hand in helping us, but we will never forget them for their help. So thank you to everyone who gave a helping, loving hand, and for those who made this demolition project a reality. We are grateful and appreciative.”