Organizations complete new private bridge to replace span that was destroyed in 2016 flood
PROCIOUS, W.VA. — The West Virginia VOAD Bridge Project will celebrate construction of its newest bridge with a ribbon-cutting ceremony 2 p.m. Friday in Clay County.
The new private bridge in Procious replaces a bridge destroyed in the June 2016 flood and allows one family safe access to their home. Through the coordination of West Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (WV VOAD), the bridge was built by Mennonite Disaster Services and funded by the United Way of Central West Virginia and Stump Chapel Church in Tesla.
The West Virginia VOAD Bridge Project is an effort by WV VOAD, supported by government agencies, businesses, community groups and volunteers, to rebuild private bridges that were destroyed or damaged during flooding. The project was honored as National VOAD’s 2016 Innovative Program of the Year. Bridges have been constructed in nine counties around the state.
Directions: From I-79, take Exit 19 (Clendenin) and head toward Clendenin. At the intersection of Route 4 (near Rite Aid), turn left toward Clay. Drive 20-25 minutes. The bridge will be on the right side of the road.
WILLIAMSON, W.Va. –The Episcopal Diocese of West Virgina, in partnership with Episcopal Relief and Development, and Stump Chapel Church have joined with other West Virginia VOAD members to help repair a bridge in Braxton County that was affected by the June 23, 2016 flood. The bridge serves at least 3 families, and the completion of it will allow needed access for emergency services and for heating fuel for the upcoming winter.
Episcopal Diocese of West Virginia’s Assistant Bishop, Rt. Rev. Mark Van Koevering said “So much of our work in mission is about building relationships – bridges between people and communities. Sometimes such also requires physical structures. Our prayers are that this bridge will provide to those who build it and those who use it hope, grace and support as they reach out to others and God’s broader creation,” In total, the Episcopal Diocese of West Virginia has donated $10,000 to the West Virginia VOAD’s Bridge Project, and an additional $1,000 from Stump Chapel Church will completely repair this bridge.
Construction is set to start the week of Thanksgiving, and will be done by Mennonite Disaster Services, who has been a strong and active partner of the WV VOAD Bridge Project, constructing all but three of the past bridges. The WV VOAD Bridge Project has been actively coordinating bridge repairs and rebuilds since 2015, and to this date, has completed 36 bridges across the state. For more information about the Bridge Project, and to see bridges constructed in the past, please go to https://wvvoad.org/bridge-project/ .
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West Virginia VOAD is a humanitarian association of independent organizations that is active in all phases of disaster and recovery. Its mission is to identify unmet needs and facilitate efficient, streamlined service delivery to those imperiled or impacted by disaster while eliminating duplication of effort through cooperation in the four phases of disaster: Preparedness, Response, Recovery and Mitigation.
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“Disasters don’t plan ahead. You Can,” is the slogan for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s 2017 national preparedness month, with the focus being on creating an evacuation plan for yourself, your family and your friends. Each week has a different task to be completed, leading up to a functional, practiced plan for when a disaster strikes by the third week, and a focus on how you can help others in your community prepare and become involved.
Week 1 September 1-9: Make a Plan for Yourself, Family and Friends
Week 2 September 10-16: Plan to Help Your Neighbor and Community
Week 3 September 17-23: Practice and Build Out Your Plans
Week 4 September 24-30: Get Involved! Be a Part of Something Larger
For more information on how you can accomplish the tasks of each week, please go to the Preparedness Section of WV VOAD’s website or to Ready.gov.
August 19, 2017- The Federal Emergency Managment Agency (FEMA) has granted Individual Assistance (IA) to Harrison, Marion, Marshall, and Wetzel Counties in West Virginia. Individuals and business owners who sustained losses in the designated area can begin applying for assistance immediately by registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362).
Incident Period: July 28-29, 2017
Incident #: FEMA-4331-DR
Request made by WV Governor: August 11, 2017
Signed by President of the United States: August 18, 2017
8/14/17- The WV Holmes Safety Association presented the WV VOAD a check for $4,000 to help with response/recovery efforts for the most recent flooding event that occurred in the Northern Panhandle. Their support to the people of West Virginia will always be appreciated. If you would like to help with recovery efforts please click HERE. (Pictured left to right; Jenny Gannaway, VOAD Executive Director, Eugene White, an association member, & Benjamin Cisco, VOAD Operations Officer).