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The West Virginia Office of Environmental Health Services was involved in assisting local health departments in areas struck by the May 2002 flooding.



Pictures from McDowell and Mingo counties.
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Soon after the flooding Red Cross, Salvation Army, and various church organizations went into action to set up shelters and feeding sites. 
Sanitarians checked these sites daily to ensure proper cooking temperatures and sanitary practices.
 This picture shows the many disasters this Baptist ministries group has helped with.

Picture of clean pans and trays at the Baptist ministries feeding site in Kimball. 

Salvation Army mobile feeding vehicles delivered meals to victims who were unable to get out.

WV Army National Guard vehicle used to haul water, bleach, and supplies to flood victims.

Not only did the National Guard deliver supplies, their men and machines helped flood victims in the cleanup.
Here you can see the water line showing that the water was four feet high in this building.  Cleanup is a grueling task.
The flood waters damaged cars and left behind sometimes large deposits of mud, sand, and debris.

Run off like this, seen days after the rains had stopped, were attributable to some of the devastation.

Mudslides caused some roads, Like Rt. 80 to be impassable, and down to one lane until road crews were able to clear the slides.
Not even homes were spared in the mudslides.  This house was quickly demolished to allow traffic to safely pass.
Water overflows this bridge as mud and rock filled the culvert pipe under the bridge.  Luckily, this bridge was not washed out.

More pictures from the May 2002 Flood