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Library Employees Help with Flood Cleanup

Posted by btoren@wvu-ad.wvu.edu.
August 16th, 2001

Three University Libraries employees recently traveled to Wyoming County to assist Pineville residents who were affected by July's floods. Associate University Librarian Jo. Brown, Library Technical Assistant Sue Wang and Library Associate Judi McCracken agreed that the experience was rewarding.

Although their group was small and their time was limited, their coordinator, Pineville United Methodist Church's the Reverend Gerald Roberts, matched skills-to-task, and the three scraped 17 water-damaged window sills and then repainted them at one resident's house.

The three also met work teams from Keyser, WV, Winston-Salem and Spruce Pine, NC at a church gymnasium where they boarded. Rebuilding the neighborhood where Jo., Sue and Judi worked will take time. They said they would like to see the house some day after all the improvements have been completed.

flood clean up photo
Judi applying wood puty

flood damage photo
The flood waters picked up this trailer and rammed it into the house. The house is off its foundation.

flood damaged house
Same trailer and house, different view

flood clean up photo
We wore masks because of the particles floating around from the paint chips and gloves to protect our hands from the paint remover (it stings!).

flood clean up photo
We had to re-glaze some windows to hold the glass in place. Jo.'s reflection is in the glass. Jo. knew all the how-tos -- he's a home-improvement guy!

flood clean up worker
Scraping paint, wearing a bandana; Sue is in the background. We tried to work in the shade as the sun moved around the house!

flood damaged bridge
This bridge was completely moved to land by the flood.

three tired people photo
After a hot day

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