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North Central WV mounts massive flood relief effort

Exponent Telegram photo by Lisa Troshinsky  Michael Malfregeot, vice president of MVB Bank, and Tanya Cayton, marketing director at McNeer, Highland, McMunn and Varner, help load supplies for Kanawha County flood victims.
Exponent Telegram photo by Lisa Troshinsky
Michael Malfregeot, vice president of MVB Bank, and Tanya Cayton, marketing director at McNeer, Highland, McMunn and Varner, help load supplies for Kanawha County flood victims.

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — Organizations and citizens all over North Central West Virginia are tirelessly contributing to the flood-relief effort, proving enough donations to take multiple trailer loads of supplies to affected parts of the state.

What started out as a modest relief effort by local four fire departments has turned into a massive operation, said Derek McIntyre, Shinnston Volunteer Fire Department deputy chief.

“We started with a couple of guys planning to take a couple of 16-foot box trailers from the Lumberport, Shinnston, Spelter and Nutter Fort fire departments, and it morphed into donations from the community that exceeded our expectations,” said McIntyre.

“It’s a little overwhelming, and we’re running on a lack of sleep, but every bit of frustration is worth it,” he said.

So far, the firefighters have taken eight tractor-trailer loads of supplies — each weighing about 40,000 pounds — to areas hit hardest by last week’s floods…

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