Spirit of Helping Makes W.Va. ‘Almost Heaven’
Tyler County folks have bonded together in recent days to help those affected by the flooding. At least 24 lives have been lost across the state as a result of flooding, and three more people are missing and presumed dead. More than 400 people remain in shelters and initial estimates indicate that more than 1,000 homes could be damaged beyond repair.
Spurred by friends, Tyler County native Jacob Lohri joined in the effort to assist those in need.
“My best friends are still rooted in Tyler County. We stay as close as possible and they really put everything together and I saw the opportunity to help,” he said. “I work a lot, so I don’t get to watch the news that much so my friends brought me up to speed on everything that happened. Not only me, but my friends have always been together to help those in need and give back when we can.”
Paden City, Sistersville General Hospital and the City of Sistersville have all stepped up to collect donations and other necessities.
“The flooding is very tragic for the people that were affected,” Sistersville Mayor Bill Rice said. “But I believe something good can come out of it if we show them out there that there are people that care. I can’t imagine the pain that they are feeling right now. We started receiving donations today. When something like this happens, it shows you that there is still good out there in our community.”
That spirit of helping neighbors in need is what makes West Virginia almost heaven.