Local residents rallying for flood victims

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The Morgantown area was spared the worst of Thursday’s storm that brought devastating flooding to central and southeastern West Virginia. Now, residents are rallying to help the victims of the historic floods but organizing several supply drives around the area.

West Virginia University is organizing relief efforts to assist those storm and flood-ravaged areas of West Virginia.

“West Virginia University’s heart aches for the victims of yesterday’s devastating storm and flash flooding in central and southern West Virginia,” WVU President Gordon Gee said. “Our students, faculty and staff – along with our WVU Extension Service – are mobilizing to offer supplies and critical aid to our fellow Mountaineers in need. God Bless our great state.”

Donation drop-off locations will be available Saturday and Sunday (June 25-26) from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Monday (June 27) from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the WVU Coliseum, Kroger at Suncrest Town Centre, and Little General Store locations on Van Voorhis Road and Willey Street in Morgantown.

The West Virginia Black Bears are teaming up with the United Way and American Red Cross to provide relief efforts to the southern West Virginia areas devastated by recent storms. There will be donation drop off locations at Gate A and Gate C at Monongalia County Ballpark, June 25th – June 27th and July 1st – July 3rd.

“Due to the devastation that is currently happening in the southern part of the state we wanted to utilize our upcoming home stands as a way to help out with the relief,” said General Manager Matt Drayer. “Our staff will be taking all physical donations to the United Way of Southern West Virginia the day after each home stand. We are encouraging all fans to bring at least one item with them.”

In Whitehall Fritz’s RugRatz is collecting items to truck to southern West Virginia. Drop-off times are Saturday from 8 to 4 and Sunday from 8 to 2.

The highest priority items include:
cleaning supplies, especially bleach
baby wipes
baby food and formula
work gloves
toilet paper
feminine hygiene items