Information from a United Way News Release
HURLEY, Va. - The United Way of Southwest Virginia is working with Buchanan County Emergency Management officials and the American Electric Power (AEP) Foundation to provide much needed relief to victims of flooding brought on by Tropical Storm Ida. The United Way and AEP Foundation have created a dedicated emergency fund with all proceeds going toward to the relief effort.
“The United Way and AEP Foundation purchased more than100 lanterns, more than 100 flashlights and the batteries needed to run them,” said Travis Staton, president and CEO of the United Way of Southwest Virginia. “We’re also looking at purchasing food vouchers, coolers and ice, as well.”
The storm left more than 20 homes uprooted from their foundations in the far southwest Virginia community, according to media reports. The Buchanan County Sheriff’s Department said it rescued around 50 people during the storm. After the area was deemed safe, Appalachian Power employees and contractors began working to restore electric service to the hundreds without electric service.
A near-term goal is to identify any unique needs of Hurley, Va., residents. “As the storm was passing over Buchanan County some students were forced to spend the night at their school because there was simply no way for them to make it home,” Staton said. “By working with our local partners in Buchanan County we can make sure this assistance is distributed to those in greatest need first.”