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Pressroom: Inside Appalachia - West Virginia's 1,000 Year Flood

Inside Appalachia Special Edition: West Virginia's 1,000-Year Flood

http://video.wvpublic.org/video/2365814573/

Aired Aug. 5, 2016 at  8 p.m. on WVPB TV

The National Weather Service called the June 2016 flooding in southern West Virginia an exceptional meteorological event, a vicious line-up of storms that came in simultaneously from multiple directions.

Almost 8 inches of rain fell in some spots in just 12 to 18 hours. That amount of rain in such a short time period is something expected once in 1,000 years, according to the NWS.

The area damaged in southern West Virginia is unprecedented.

In this special television broadcast of Inside Appalachia with host Jessica Lilly, WVPB brings you the stories of heroism and survival in towns like Richwood, Rainelle, and Clendenin. Residents share their stories of loss and resilience.

West Virginia Public Broadcasting reporters fan out throughout southern West Virginia, assessing the damage,

Listen to interviews of volunteers who felt compelled to gather needed supplies, and come help.

The program features behavioral health specialists discussing help available for dealing with trauma from natural disasters. The broadcast also examines the state's plan forward to rebuild these devastated communities with a conversation with Adjunct General, Major General James Hoyer of the WV National Guard, now Chief Recovery Coordinator, appointed by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin.

Download a clean 30 second promo for the show

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A truck caught in path of the flooding near Clendenin, WV. Clendenin was one of the areas hit hardest by the flood

Flooding in downtown Richwood
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Flooding in downtown Richwood


Gerda Thompson's husband, Edward, died in the June 23 flood. She stands in what's left of her kitchen in Rainelle, WV.
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Gerda Thompson's husband, Edward, died in the June 23 flood. She stands in what's left of her kitchen in Rainelle, WV.

  

Shandra Norton is one of 290 AmeriCorps volunteers helping flood victims rebuild. Shandra and her team are from Hoopa, California. Her team has been helping residents in Richwood clean out their homes.
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West Virginia Public Broadcasting
Shandra Norton is one of 290 AmeriCorps volunteers helping flood victims rebuild. Shandra and her team are from Hoopa, California. Her team has been helping residents in Richwood clean out their homes.