Loss & Hope - Remembering the 1,000 Year Flood

Jun 16, 2017

It’s been nearly a year since West Virginia was hit with historical flooding. In this episode, we’re listening back to the voices of those who were impacted by last summer’s floods. On Thursday June 23, 2016, massive flooding swept across most of West Virginia.

Within a tragic 24-36 hour period, at least 23 West Virginians perished. Thousands of homes were flooded, many of them destroyed. There were stories of terror and heroism that came out of this flood.

Last year, we produced a video for television and the web, called “Inside Appalachia: West Virginia’s 1,000 Year Flood”. The show recently won some awards from the Associated Press and has been nominated for a regional Emmy. It’s also been nearly a year since the flooding took 23 lives and left hundreds, if not thousands, homeless.

See more photos, read stories, and tour an interactive map of the communities that were hardest hit by the 2016 flood here.

Inside Appalachia comes to TV Tuesday, June 20 at 6:30 pm for a special half-hour video, where we’ll revisit some of the people who were impacted by the flood. You can also listen to this episode in the next episode of the Inside Appalachia podcast.

Music in this episode was provided by Randy Newman, Larry Groce and Joe Ely as heard on Mountain Stage.  Other music was from Alan Cathead Johnston, Larry Dowling, and Amanda Watkins.  

Inside Appalachia is produced by Jessica Lilly, and Roxy Todd. Jesse Wright is the executive producer.  Patrick Stephens is the audio mixer. Claire Hemme also helps produce. Suzanne Higgins edited our show this week.

We’d love to hear from you.   You can e-mail us at feedback@wvpublic.org. Find us on Twitter @InAppalachia.