United Way receives donation for Buchanan County flood relief as emergency teams continue damage assessment

Published: Jul. 28, 2022 at 12:32 PM EDT
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ABINGDON, Va. (WDBJ) - The United Way of Southwest Virginia has received a $10,000 donation to help with relief efforts for families affected by the flooding in Buchanan County two weeks ago.

The donation came from the Owens & Minor Foundation.

“At moments like this it’s especially important to us that we support the communities where we live and work,” commented Faith Cristol, president of the Owens & Minor Foundation. “Our hearts go out to those impacted by the devastating floods in Buchanan County. As a 140-year-old, Virginia-based company, we’re proud to support the United Way of Southwest Virginia’s relief efforts.”

Emergency teams began damage assessment of the devastating floods in Buchanan County Thursday morning.

The Virginia Department of Emergency Management, FEMA and the Small Business Administration are doing virtual assessments in the area. They were delayed from beginning Wednesday due to storms in the area.

The teams are looking at previous drone footage and video from when the initial flooding happened.

FEMA’S public affairs officer explained those recent storms have prevented them from getting boots on the ground.

“We’re looking to do the assessments as quickly as possible, but as accurately as possible, and the best way to do to maintain the safety of our team is to do it in a virtual manner,” David Thomason said. “That’s been working with the commonwealth, that’s the way forward.”

This damage assessment is the first step for Buchanan County residents and businesses to receive federal aid. However, crews being on the ground does not guarantee there will be federal relief.

Anyone interested in donating to the Buchanan County 2022 Disaster Fund can visit unitedwayswva.org, text the word GIVE to 276-200-2440, or contact Cristie Lester at 276.525.4071. Those interested in volunteering can also do so by clicking here.

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