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…