Jun 27, 2016

West Virginia Flooding: Rebuilding a Devastated Town

Richwood, WV
USA
by
Emily Shapiro and Cheyenne Haslett
,
ABC News
Photo: Rick Barbero, The Register-Herland, AP
Photo: Rick Barbero, The Register-Herland, AP

It's been almost one week since devastating flash floods tore through Richwood, West Virginia, turning a beautiful small town into what looks like a "war zone," according to one resident. But now a local Facebook campaign to rebuild has gained so much momentum it has more members than the town population.

The Facebook group “I am Richwood” was created by local resident Jeromy Rose as a way to coordinate relief efforts locally, and has over 2,800 members as of this afternoon. Richwood is in Nicholas County, one of the West Virginia counties receiving federal assistance in the wake of the flooding