God's Pit Crew helping victims of flooding in West Virginia
HINTON, WV (WSLS 10) - Multiple local organizations are answering the call for relief following the severe storms .
One of those is Danville-area based non-profit God's Pit Crew.
The non-profit dropped off 20 pallets worth of supplies Friday night, including water, food, and toiletries.
It's all to support the victims of the floods that hit West Virginia the hardest.
In Summer County West Virginia, where the water of the Greenbrier River rose more than 20 feet during Thursday's storms, dozens have been forced to evacuate.
Pastor Mark Bayle says he's been hearing the stories since the rain began.
"I'm regularly getting phone calls of relatives, to pray for relatives because they're stuck in their houses, they can't get out. There's no roads to the houses, so it's, what we're seeing is just devastation," said Bayle.
Bayle says with emergency crews still tied up with search and rescue efforts, he began making calls to try to find help.
"We coordinated with other churches and other denominations to really just see what we can do, and that led to contact with God's Pit Crew, and they said they can come today, and I said well if you can come yes we would like you," said Bayle.
Just a day after the storm began, the Pit Crew dropped of a tractor trailer of supplies.
That will go toward helping overwhelmed shelters like Talcott Elementary school stay stocked.
"We've had some people that have come through that slept in their car last night. They had their animals and their children with them and they slept in their cars, and there have been some people that just haven't been able to return to their homes at all to see what's there," said teacher Kristin Richmond.
Bayle says as he and dozens of other volunteers begin to help the victims of this storm, he's grateful for the helping hand coming all the way from Danville, Virginia.
"It's been a hard go around here the last couple of years with the economy around here, and with the floods it's been that much worse, but to know that there are people out there to help us, it's very comforting," said Bayle.
Bayle says he and a group of volunteers will start unloading this truck here first thing
They plan to transport the goods to shelters like Talcott Elementary, to help people in this community take a first step toward recovery.
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