Posts Tagged ‘2016 West Virginia flooding’

Amtrak Workers Collect West Virginia Aid

July 28, 2016

Amtrak employees recently collected donations that were distributed to areas of West Virginia that were hard hit by flooding in late June.

Amtrak logoThe back-to-school supplies and other materials were placed in a baggage car of Amtrak’s New York to Chicago Cardinal and transported to White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, for distribution.

The donations were collected at stations and Amtrak facilities in eight cities.

Amtrak worked with the American Red Cross, community organization Neighbors Loving Neighbors, and the West Virginia National Guard to coordinate the donations.

Flood Aid Sent in Rail Passenger Cars

July 6, 2016

The West Virginia-based Collis P. Huntington Railroad Historical Society has shipped cleaning supplies, food and other items by rail to help victims of the recent flooding in the group’s home state.

West VirginiaThe donations were sent in two passenger cars owned by the group in cooperation with Amtrak, which attached them to the rear of the eastbound Cardinal.

The car was unloaded in White Sulphur Springs, which is located in a region hard hit by the flooding. The donated goods were taken to a distribution center.

The group, based in Huntington, received more than $300 in membership donations and another $400 from the community.

The passenger cars continued on to Washington for an Independence Day event.

NS Donates $25K to Help W.Va. Flood Victims

July 1, 2016

The Norfolk Southern Foundation is donating $25,000 to help West Virginia get back on its feet after a series of thunderstorms last week dumped up to 7 inches on parts of the state and the subsequent flooding resulted in the deaths of 26 people.

Thousands were forced out of their homes with more than 1,200 homes destroyed by the flooding or the fires that erupted.

NS logo 2The storm was the third deadliest in state history.

NS said it will send its donation to the American Red Cross, which is helping displaced West Virginians cope.

“The American Red Cross has the proven track record for delivering fast and effective help when disaster hits,” said Jim Squires, NS chairman, president, and CEO. “If our support can provide even the smallest measure of relief for our West Virginia employees, business partners, and neighbors, then we consider ourselves fortunate and grateful to be able to provide it.”

The flooding disrupted railroad operations for four days, but rail service has since resumed operating.