HUNDRED — Floods seem to be a fact of life in West Virginia the past several years, but one city official who has seen his share of high water is sharing knowledge and supplies.
Governor Jim Justice declared a state of emergency in 10 counties Monday, following heavy rain. Counties affected are: Barbour, Braxton, Gilmer, Lewis, Pendleton, Pocahontas, Randolph, Tucker, Upshur and Webster
“If you haven’t been through it before it’s hard,” Hundred Mayor Charles Goff said. “You don’t know what the first steps to take are.”
Goff said when the July 2017 floods hit Hundred he was a first responder and lost a firetruck attempting to get to his family, who he didn’t hear from until 7 a.m. He said flooding is an emotional time and he personally lost three vehicles and his home was flooded.
Extra supplies are available to any organization with the infrastructure to give them to those in need, Goff said. Those interested should contact the Hundred Volunteer Recovery Center at 304-775-2575.
Supplies include bleach, buckets, muck boots, brooms, mops, gloves and all kinds of cleaning supplies.
Goff also said he’s available to offer advice to those who need it. He said after his community was devastated, he visited Clendenin and White Sulphur Springs, in Greenbrier County, for advice on how to deal with flooding.
One suggestion Goff has is to hire a consultant to help with the process of getting money from FEMA, should there be enough damage to declare a federal disaster.