Local Virginians head to W.Virginia to help with floods
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The Virginia National Guard plans to send 30 soldiers to southern West Virginia to help authorities there clean up flooding damage. The National Guard says about 30 soldiers from the Cedar Bluff-based 1033rd Engineer Company will head to West Virginia tomorrow.
Jill Siegel with the American Red Cross says, "A lot of folks have lost everything they owned in this flood, and they were just living day to day and they don't know where they're going to stay, they don't know how they are going to clothes on their back, and they don't know how they're going to eat."
Susan Frushour is the first Valley woman to be deployed to the region. The Waynesboro resident is headed to downtown Gilbert, West Virginia, where most of the town is devastated, as it lies along a river that continues to rise. She says, "They told me just be careful for the mud slides, and go carefully on the roads that you travel on."
Siegel says, "Because of the rural nature of where the flood happened, Susan will likely be a member of an outreach team that will be going out into the mountains trying to identify folks who may not have gotten assistance, who may need assistance."